North Korea Gains Breathing Room as Evil Eye of Washington Swerves on Beijing Instead
Pyongyang and Beijing will strengthen their strategic partnership for the benefit of stability in the region. Those are the first results of the meeting of Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping. This morning the North Korean leader arrived in China once again, but this time with for two-day visit, immediately after the talks with Trump. What did the North Korean leader tell the Chinese General Secretary?
Our staff reporter in China, Anastasiya Sakhovskaya.
This formal ceremony has more and more informal details: a two-handed handshake by the leaders, warm mutual greetings by the first ladies, the North Korean leader is escorted by a substantial delegation. Kim Jong-un is familiar with the procedure of ceremonial reception in the Great Hall of the People: it's his third visit to China in three months. He looks more relaxed, confident, and smiles more often.
The meeting with Xi Jinping is just a week after the historic summit between North Korea and the USA, which China considered to be successful because both countries got back on the path of dialogue and consultation.
Xi Jinping: «A consensus was reached on establishing a long-lasting peace on the peninsula. We appreciate this very much».
Kim Jong-un: «The meeting between the USA and North Korea opens a new page in the process of the elimination of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula».
Everything indicates that North Korea is carefully coordinating its stance with its historic partner. Kim Jong-un called China «a great friendly neighbor» and he called Xi Jinping «a great leader». Meanwhile, China keeps its eye on the ball and asserts its firm support towards North Korea. This is confirmed even by the fact that Kim Jong-un flew to Singapore not on a North Korean plane, but on one provided by China. The emblem of a Chinese airline company was clearly visible on it. For Pyongyang, this could be a sign of a support and reliable backup and for Beijing – a sign of active involvement in the negotiating process, which it obviously will continue to participate in.
Moreover, something that China and Russia have long been striving for has became known: a key term of the joint peace plan has finally been brought into life. Washington and Seoul have suspended their drills on the Korean peninsula. The South Korean Ministry of Defense confirmed this. Right now, this is about canceling the maneuvers planned for August.
But the USA can't live in peace and against the background of the thaw in the relationship with North Korea, they are now more actively quarreling with China. Today, Trump ordered to draw up a list of sanctioned Chinese goods, this time, it's 200 billion dollars worth of goods.
Anastasiya Sakhovskaya, Mikhail Artuhin, Vesti, Beijing.