Kim Jong Un Secretly Met With Xi Jinping Again

09 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • 24 2018 Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs shakes hands with Susan Thornton acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

(Screenshot: BBC) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea after becoming the first North Korean leader to step on South Korean soil on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Chinese state media said Xi reiterated China's support for a U.S.

Like the March summit in Beijing, the Dalian summit was kept secret until Kim's plane left for Pyongyang on Tuesday afternoon.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, met Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on May 7-8.

China's state news agency Xinhua said Mr Xi met Mr Kim in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian on Monday and Tuesday, the second time in 40 days the two communist leaders have met.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he planned to speak with Xi later in the day to discuss trade and North Korea, where he said "relationships and trust are building".

The Kim-Xi meeting was the top news story in North Korea, with its most famous television announcer, Ri Chun Hui, again called out of her semi-retirement to report the event, underscoring its importance. Xinhua reiterated that Kim and Xi had "fully exchanged views and reached important consensus" on the Korean Peninsula issue at their first meeting.

In the past North Korea has used the term "hostile policies" in reference to the US troop presence in South Korea, the USA nuclear umbrella covering South Korea and Japan and regular joint military exercises in South Korea.

South Korea's presidential office said the Chinese government notified Seoul about the Xi-Kim meeting in advance. The North is now detaining three USA prisoners, and early talks before the summit strongly inferred that the prisoners would be released as a deed of "good will", according to inside White House source Rudy Giuliani.

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China has been largely sidelined by the developments between the two Koreas and the USA, and will be keen to ensure the North does not get too close to Washington, which it sees as a competitor in the region.

China has been North Korea's only ally in the region though their relations took a nosedive of late over Pyongyang's reckless nuclear ambitions and also China's enforcing of the United Nation's sanctions imposed on the latter to curb its tests.

While China and North Korea have always been allies, their diplomatic relationship grew rocky following Kim's rise to power in 2011.

It's understood Mr Xi hosted a banquet and state broadcaster CCTV showed Mr Xi and Mr Kim taking a seaside stroll.

Kim said he had come to China to inform Xi of the situation, as events on the Korean Peninsula are unfolding rapidly.

There are no regular commercial flights between Dalian and North Korea and the airport was closed to other aircraft while the plane departed, NHK reported.

Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, feared flying, fuelling speculation that the younger Kim may not be willing to travel far to meet Trump.

Posts about unusual traffic jams and security in Dalian popped up on Chinese social media.

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