China Confirms Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un Held Talks In Beijing

Update: Amid all the speculation - was it him or his sister? - China's Xinhua confirms that, at the invitation of China's president Xi Jinping, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un paid an unofficial visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday.

During the visit, Xi held talks with Kim at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan held a welcoming banquet for Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju and watched an art performance together. Xi said Kim's current visit to China, which came at a special time and was of great significance, fully embodied the great importance that Comrade Chairman and the WPK Central Committee have attached to the relations between the two countries and the two parties.

The first photo to emerge from the summit is below:

For his part, Kim told Xi that, in addition to the usual pleasantries, he is willing to have dialogue with the US and hold a summit between the two countries, something we have known for the past few weeks; as a reminder, Trump recently confirmed he would meet with Kim at a venue which has yet to be chosen.

More importantly, Kim told Xi that he is "committed to the denuclearization of the peninsula."

Interestingly, given the growing tension between US and China, Xi seemed to suggest deeper relations with North Korea in the future...

"Both Comrade Chairman and I have personally experienced and witnessed the development of China-DPRK relationship," said Xi, adding that both sides have stated repeatedly that traditional China-DPRK friendship should be passed on continuously and developed better.

"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. This should not and will not change because of any single event at a particular time," Xi said.

Separately, Kim also said he was greatly encouraged and inspired by General Secretary Xi's important views on DPRK-China friendship and the development of relations between the two parties and countries. Kim said his current visit aims to meet Chinese comrades, enhance strategic communication, and deepen traditional friendship, hoping to have opportunities to meet with Comrade General Secretary Xi Jinping often, and keep close contacts through such forms as sending special envoys and personal letters to each other, so as to promote to a new level the guidance of high-level meetings to the relations between the two parties and countries.

Commenting on the visit by Kim Jong-un to China, SCMP says that it sent a clear message to the world that despite rumours to the contrary, Beijing and Pyongyang remain close allies, analysts said on Tuesday. The visit came just days before a planned meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and ahead of the upcoming summit with US President Donald Trump.

Bates Gill, a professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies at Australian National University in Canberra, said that Kim's Visit signalled his desire to have China on side before his talks with Moon and Trump.

“The mere fact that he’s there – if he’s there – and has meetings with Xi Jinping in itself is just, from the optics, a very powerful signal to Moon and to Trump about the apparent willingness of China to offer up some kind of at least political support,” he said. “[Kim] understands that going into these very high-powered strategic meetings, he needs all the friends he can get, or at least the image that he has as many friends that he can get.”

Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming said that the surprise visit was also aimed at rebutting widespread claims that China, which remains North Korea’s biggest diplomatic and economic supporter, no longer had any leverage over its reclusive neighbour. “The visit itself is proof that Beijing and Pyongyang have maintained their traditional friendship and top-level contacts despite rampant rumours about their ties being strained,” he said.

By choosing Beijing as the destination for his first overseas trip, the despotic Kim was also clearly trying to make a conciliatory gesture and assure Xi that he had no intention of forging closer ties with Washington at the expense of Sino-North Korean relations, Zhou said.

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EARLIER:

As we detailed earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's first foreign trip to Beijing since coming to power in 2011 has ended, and the distinctive green locomotive that reportedly ferried Kim has departed the Beijing Railway Station...

A little over two hours after the armored express was reported to have pulled out, it was business as usual, according to South China Morning Post.

Reuters, citing reports from South Korean media, also reported that Kim had in fact been part of the delegation of North Koreans that traveled to Beijing for a whirlwind series of meetings ahead of a tentatively planned summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader in May.

South Korea’s left-leaning press Hankyoreh also reported Kim had traveled to Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday afternoon before leaving for a "third location" on Tuesday. It did not cite specific sources. The third location could be in China, but other media reports said the train was on its way to Pyongyang.

Kim

Two sources, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed that the mystery guest was Kim.

"It wasn’t his sister, it was Kim himself," one said.

The Chinese foreign ministry has yet to confirm the visit by Kim or any North Korean delegation, which is standard practice.

The agenda of Kim’s visit – his first foreign excursion since coming to power in 2011 – is still unknown.

However, it's notable that the meeting took place against a backdrop of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, after officials from the North and South agreed to hold talks, and US President Donald Trump gave the green light for direct negotiations with the head of the restive state.

Beijing

Beijing remains a key economic backer of the North Korean regime, even though  Kim was reportedly frustrated at China's decision to back UN Security Council sanctions against its restive neighbor.

The return to normal security levels on Tuesday was in marked contrast to the scenes in Beijing on Monday, when motorcades and roadblocks were seen across the city. Security has also been intensified on the China-North Korea border.

The first hint that the mystery guest was Kim was the appearance of the green train of the type favoured by North Korea’s senior leadership, which was seen travelling from the border city of Dandong to Beijing.

The roads around the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where foreign dignitaries usually stay, were cordoned off on Monday and local people were told to avoid the area.

Reporters were held back behind a cordon a couple of hundred metres away, as a convoy of vehicles accompanied by police motorbikes left the compound about 9.30am on Tuesday and returned about two hours later.

 

 

Later, the motorcade was spotted passing by Tiananmen Square, apparently en route to the railway station.

The North Korean delegation arrived on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Comments

Wexx Deep Snorkeler Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:37 Permalink

Sometimes your comments are interesting and truthful to some extent, but other times they are just downright out there KooKoo for cocoa puffs. Rest assured, even you are marked for destruction along with everyone else who lives on this planet because that is the ultimate end game at play here, the utter destruction of mankind down to every last living soul on the face of the planet. Even the "elites" cannot stop it, even though they sell their souls for another dollar and a child to sacrifice on the alter of greed, lust and mass murder.

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edotabin Deep Snorkeler Tue, 03/27/2018 - 18:15 Permalink

Points understood and some are correct to varying degrees.

The issue is that Kim is shit and anyone who uses various forms of warped reasoning to justify that fat fucker's existence is either blinded by hate, a complete moron or a paid shill.

I knew Zuckerberg and his Shitbook are just insidious forms of spying but I'd take that over Kim Dong shithead every single day of the week.

The real problem is that there are enough morons to actually take pernicious, paid assholes like you seriously.

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TheCentralScru… veritas semper… Wed, 03/28/2018 - 09:26 Permalink

Actually, Xi inherited this problem from her predecessor, Ziang Jemin, who was very much involved in assisting Kim 3.0 to obtain nukes.. 

Xi is facing a looming trade war with the US and he knows he has very few cards to play since the trade deficit is pretty damning evidence of what Trump is talking about.

So he called Kim onto the carpet, told him that "the jig is up" is bad for business (for China) and it's time to give them up.. 

Xi now has a card to play "Look Donald, we really helped to resolve the tensions on the peninsula, so give us some credit for that regarding the trade issue".. 

Both sides will now try and "woo" Kim as the only card Kim now has to play is setting both China and the US against each other as to which direction in the regional power game Kim will lean to..  Better relations with S. Korea/US, or seeing what China will do for him.

Not completely over, since sh*t can still happen, but I think a military confrontation has just be decreased by a serious degree.  (but it has to remain an option for the US/S. Korea if Kim doesn't follow through).. 

All sides get to save some measure of face..

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ParkAveFlasher Tue, 03/27/2018 - 15:25 Permalink

They're two they're four they're six and eight

Shunting trucks and hauling freight red and green and brown and blue

they're the really useful crew

All with different roles to play Round Tidmouth sheds or far away,

Down the hills and round the bends Thomas and his friends

Thomas he's the cheeky one

James is vain but lots of fun

Percy pulls the mail on time

Gordon thunders down the line

Emily really knows her stuff

Henry toots and huffs and puffs

Edward wants to help and share

Toby, well let's say, he's square

gearjammers1 Tue, 03/27/2018 - 15:29 Permalink

Jewish anti-North Korea propaganda - 

 

Jerusalem Post - NORTH KOREA THREATENS ISRAEL WITH 'MERCILESS, THOUSAND-FOLD PUNISHMENT' - http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/North-Korea-threatens-Israel-with-merc…

 

we are attacking North Korea because North Korea is aiding Israel's enemies - we are directed by our media to hate anyone the Jews hate - Jews hate white Americans - we are directed by our media to hate ourselves - and what the hell does North Korea have to do with a pipeline ? There goes your pipeline theory.

Alexander De Large Tue, 03/27/2018 - 15:32 Permalink

Lol@"We know Kim was on that train, bu bu but, we don't know the purpose of his visit, y'all!!!"

It's quite simple, really: Chinks sticking together since a massively indebted nuclear superpower decided to elect quite possibly the most unqualified and borderline retarded leader in the past 100 or so years.

Brazen Heist Alexander De Large Tue, 03/27/2018 - 15:35 Permalink

Western media would have you believe that he is insane.....like they tried with Khamenei, Nasrallah, Assad and Putin.

But the reality is, he is not stupid. No country in its right mind would be stupid enough to fully trust the JEWSSA unless it enjoys political BDSM and the state of being a vassal.

China prefers not to shit where it eats, unlike the exceptional ones....

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