Xi Meets Kim – level 3
Chinese President Xi Jinping met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the first trip by a Chinese leader to North Korea in 14 years.
The meeting was largely a symbolic show of the countries’ united front before the G-20 summit which starts tomorrow in Japan.
The red carpet was rolled out and hundreds of thousands lined the streets to wave flags in a typically North Korean fashion, as the two leaders drove by, standing and waving from the car. The two leaders attended a banquet and then a gymnastics performance, titled ‘Undefeated Socialism’, where Kim said that socialism is the core of North Korean–China friendship and that the two countries must protect it and build it together.
The discussion the two heads had was possibly the most important part of the trip but both countries have been vague about what they said. However, Xi said that China would continue to mediate talks between USA and North Korea. A North Korean state media outlet reported that Kim and Xi also talked about their opinions on the political situation of the Korean Peninsula and other serious international and regional issues.
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