North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in China on Tuesday to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Just days after he rang in the New Year, he warned with a warning that his country could take an alternative route if the United States reported its economic sanctions, Reuters.
The planned four-day visit, the fourth peak of a year between Kim and Xi, was confirmed by North Korean and Chinese state media. The Kim Xi meeting will take place before a likely second summit with President Donald Trump, after the two leaders met in June to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Last year, unprecedented progress was made in the denuclearization talks, with Kim holding summits with Trump. Xi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Despite the slowdown in relations with China last year due to the imposition of sanctions, China is and remains the most important economic and diplomatic ally.
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Harry J Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies at the US Center for National Interest, said Kim's agreement in China said he wanted "the Trump ̵
The Kim Xi meeting coincides with talks between a US delegation and Beijing to de-escalate the continuing trade war between China and the US
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the CNBC on Monday he did not believe that the trade dispute with Beijing would hinder China's efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.