Xi Zinping first Chinese to visit Pyongyang in 14 years
Pyongyang sources reported that Xi’s two-day visit is at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Meanwhile the last visit by a Chinese leader was when then President Hu Jintao visited Pyongyang in October 2005, reports Yonhap News Agency. Furthermore during the trip, the two leaders are expected to focus on solidifying their alliance and addressing other issues, including the North’s nuclear program.
Xi’s plane arrived in Pyongyang at 11.40 a.m. Meanwhile his official schedule disclosed to the media includes a summit with Kim and a visit to the Friendship Tower, a symbol of the fraternal bond between Beijing and Pyongyang. Xi could also watch a mass gymnastic performance. Further given his relatively short stay in Pyongyang, the summit could take place on his first day. Reportedly when former leaders, such as Jiang Zemin, visited the North for three days, their summits came on their first day.
Moreover the summit agenda might include the North’s denuclearization and ways to strengthen the countries’ traditional partnership on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties. Apparently Kim has already visited Beijing for summits with Xi four times since March last year. His visits to china came shortly before or after his summits with US President Donald Trump and south Korean President Moon Jae-in.