Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pyongyang ‘soon,’ official says

Written by on April 18, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to visit the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, an official with knowledge of the discussions said Wednesday.

It would be the Chinese leader’s first official visit to North Korea since he came to power as head of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012.

The official, who didn’t want to be identified, said the visit will happen “soon,” possibly after the planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is expected to take place in late May or early June.

Relations between North Korea and its long-time ally China have warmed in the past month following a surprise visit by Kim to Beijing in late March, for a meeting with Xi . North Korean state media at the time said that Xi had accepted an invitation to visit Pyongyang during Kim’s trip.
It’s the latest development in a flurry of diplomacy over recent weeks on the Korean Peninsula. Sources told CNN Tuesday that CIA director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea around April 1 and met Kim to lay the groundwork for the summit with Trump.
Next week Kim will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has led a diplomatic push to engage North Korea, in the demilitarized zone between the two countries.


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