For the first time in 14 years, a Chinese President visits North Korea again. President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday for a two-day state visit, which officially reported Chinese news agency Xinhua.
The visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in the region gives rise to hope that a new impetus will be put into the displaced negotiations on the North Korean nuclear program. The Chinese President's journey is also approaching the G20 summit in Japan later this month where a direct meeting with Xi with US President Donald Trump is planned.
Xi's visit is to improve the bilateral relations between China and China North Korea clearly. Historically, the two Communist states are regarded as friends. The first few years after Kim came to power in North Korea at the end of 2011, however, was marked by a noticeable cooling of the relationship. With its core and missile test, Pyongyang also increased Beijing more and more, wanting to prevent an inexplicable conflict or war in its neighborhood. China is North Korea's largest trading partner and is considered a lifeline for the country.
Kim has visited China several times
China blocked a US initiative with Russia on Tuesday to ban oil exports to North Korea. Washington accuses Pyongyang of having exceeded the UN's 2019 deadline. Moscow and Beijing demanded more time to review the petition, supported by 25 states, including Japan, France and Germany.
Xi travels with his wife Peng Liyuan and a delegation of senior officials and officials from the Communist Party, according to Chinese media reports Government members, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The state's visit once again shows the changing status of the North Korean line at the world stage. Apart from Xi, Kim has met among other US and Russian presidents since last year. The first of the two summits with Trump in June 2018 was especially regarded as a diplomatic victory by Kim for negotiating with the US President on equal terms.  To show in the nuclear war near Beijing, Kim had the Chinese President several times in Visited China. Since March 2018, when Kim made his official state visit for the first time ever, he has met Xi Jinping four times in China.
No visa for journalists
According to observers, Kim needs support from Beijing for the difficult negotiations with the United States on North Korea's nuclear program. Xi's visit to Pyongyang takes place at a critical time. The United States and South Korea are trying to get the isolated leadership in Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
However, the visit is probably symbolic in nature. A joint statement to enter into the talks is not expected. The media coverage of Xi's state visit is severely limited: Foreign journalists in Pyongyang have been told that they cannot report the visit. Foreign journalists originally offered did not receive a visa.
Chinese flags hung on Pyongyang on Thursday. The residents were in the streets to greet the Chinese President.
Xi urged Kim one day before his visit to the guest post for the official North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun. China supports North Korea's "right direction" to politically solve the problems of the Korean Peninsula, Xi wrote. In the article he emphasized to a large extent the friendly relations between the two countries and announced that he would do more to ensure that negotiations on the problems progressed. However, Xi did not mention the Chinese sanctions against North Korea.
Kim's second summit with Trump failed in late February in Vietnam. Both could not agree with the central issue of nuclear disarmament in North Korea. Since then, the call has been locked. Kim later made the condition that the US submit new solutions at the end of the year. Recently, North Korea had tested missiles again.
Kim-Trump's New Meeting
Xi, according to observers, would be strengthened after a successful visit to North Korea to the upcoming meeting with Trump. The two heads of state want to talk at the end of June on the sides of the G20 summit on the ongoing trade conflict in the two largest economies. But North Korea should also be a subject. If China is making progress in nuclear negotiations, this would be "a positive signal to the United States," said Cheng Xiaohe, professor of international relations at the Beijing People's University.
There are currently speculations in South Korea that Kim and Trump will soon return to a summit could come together. Trump had said last week that he had received another "fine letter" from Kim. Asked about another possible personal meeting with Kim, he said it could happen. He didn't become more specific. Trump will travel to South Korea after the G20 summit.
(APA / dpa / AFP)