Xi Jinping visits North Korea


China’s President Xi Jinping has arrived North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to Pyongyang in 14 years.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency confirmed the president’s arrival, noting that the trip was set to last two days and that he was accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, along with several Communist Party officials.

Both leaders, who have met in China four times, are expected to discuss ways to improve bilateral relations including the stalled talks over the North’s nuclear programme as well as economic issues.

The Chinese president is also expected to pay tribute at the Friendship Tower, which commemorates Chinese troops who fought together with North Koreans during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The trip comes a week before the G20 summit in Japan, where Xi is set to meet US President Donald Trump.

Xi previously visited Pyongyang in 2008, when he was China’s vice president and when Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, ruled North Korea.

China is hugely important to North Korea as its main trading partner.

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