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Chinese president Xi Jinping meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Chinese president Xi Jinping meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) speaks to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning Province.

This is their second meeting after their first secret one in Beijing in late March.

By having Kim, or a high-level official, visit for the carrier launch, China may be trying to re-assert themselves in the North Korea conversation.

Xi hosted a welcome banquet for Kim.

During the talks with Xi, Kim voiced his hope that Pyongyang and Washington "would build mutual trust through dialogue and the relevant sides would take phased and synchronous measures in a responsible manner so as to comprehensively advance the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue and eventually achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the peninsula", the report said.

He was quoted as saying his country was committed to denuclearisation if a "relevant party" dropped "hostile policy and security threats" - a thinly-veiled reference to the USA.

The meeting, XI and Kim occurred on the background training of the North Korean leader for a historic summit with the US leader Donald trump.

Trump announced the mission in Washington on Tuesday just minutes before Pompeo arrived in Japan to refuel before flying on to Pyongyang and as the president declared he was withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with another bitter USA adversary, Iran.

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"China is willing to continue to play an active role in realising the denuclearisation of the peninsula and the long-term stability of the region".

But the dark mood of the USA chattering classes compels one to ask: What do these pundits know that the South Korean public doesn't? The meeting occurred before Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state had been confirmed.

Xi-Kim meeting took place amid concern in Beijing that the North Korean leader is getting too close to U.S. sidelining China pointing to its declining importance in the Korean Peninsula peace process. "Kim Jong Un is looking for advice, support and encouragement", he told CNN.

Kim recently said he would abandon his country's nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to end the Korean War and promises not to invade, a South Korean official said after the historic North-South summit last month. Also like last time, social media was abuzz with rumors of Kim's visit before any official confirmation.

"If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula", he said in written answers to questions submitted by the newspaper.

The official Xinhua news agency said the two leaders met on both May 7 and May 8.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK had shown images of two North Korean aircraft taxiing at Dalian's airport, one an Air Koryo plane and another carrying a North Korean emblem.

Trump "affirmed his commitment to ensuring that the trade and investment relationship between the United States and China is balanced and benefits American businesses and workers", according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.

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