The last few days there was speculation whether Kim Jong-Un the leader of North Korea traveled to China in order to meet President Xi Jinping before the talks that will occur in one month with the US and South Korea. Footage of gigantic motorcades in China and a suspicious train made for a lot of speculation as to who the individual was. Now the veil of secrecy is lifted and it is true that the two leaders met.
The trip was the first made by Kim Jong-Un abroad after taking power in 2011. The Chinese said that he is willing to talk with the United States regarding nuclear weaponry. The move appears to be a show of diplomacy that the North is not an isolated state and that it has diplomatic influence and clout abroad.
According to Xinhua Kim stated: ““The issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.”
China has supported the harsh stance of the United States against North Korea even though it is the most important allie and lifeline for the dictatorial state. But as mentioned above the last meeting between leaders of the two states happened when the ailing father of Kim visited in 2011.
Japan who also has an interest in the talks and how things will go has continued to support the stance of putting pressure on the regime.
The climate that comes from the official announcements is cordial. President Xi said: “This is a strategic choice and the only right choice both sides have made based on history and reality, the international and regional structure and the general situation of China-DPRK ties” and “This should not and will not change because of any single event at a particular time.”
Kim Jong-Un also invited the Chinese leader to visit the country at a proper time.