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Was Kim Jong-un in China? What Does it Mean for Kim’s Meeting With Trump?

Mystery surrounds reports of a train allegedly carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to and from China this week.

By NTK Staff | 03.27.2018 @10:15am
Was Kim Jong-un in China? What Does it Mean for Kim’s Meeting With Trump?

In a move that could shake up a planned meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this spring, reports indicate Kim may have just visited China.

Reuters reported:

A train believed to be carrying a senior North Korean delegation left the Chinese capital on Tuesday following a dramatic whirlwind visit that some reports said included the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

The conservative South Korea Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing an unnamed senior intelligence official, said the delegation had included Kim and that he had since left to return to North Korea.

Kim, of course, runs a notoriously secret and reclusive government, so it may come as no surprise that any meeting between Kim’s regime and China would be under tight wraps.

A visit from Kim to China, though, would be the North Korean leader’s first official visit to somewhere outside of North Korea since he assumed the country’s leadership in 2011, according to reports.

What’s more, a meeting between Kim and officials of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government – or, perhaps, Xi himself – would have implications for the planned meeting between Kim and Trump.

For one, China currently holds what may best be described as ‘frenemy’ status with the U.S., after President Trump announced tariffs against China last week and the communist nation threatened retaliation.

Second, despite a reportedly-warm relationship between Trump and Xi, the current U.S. administration has sought to put pressure on China with regards to North Korea. China has long been considered North Korea’s only ally.

And third, a meeting between Kim and Xi could set important parameters for a future meeting between Kim and Trump, whether that’s where the meeting takes place, who is in the room, or what is discussed.

Regardless of what comes of a planned Trump-Kim meeting, North Korea will remain one of the most important foreign policy challenges, for both the U.S. and China, for years to come.

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