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Kim Jong Un Begins Summit In Beijing As China’s Xi Sends “Message” To US

Kim Jong Un Begins Summit In Beijing As China’s Xi Sends “Message” To US

Via Zerohedge


Just as the second day of mid-level trade talks between US and Chinese delegations in Beijing was beginning, a surprising report crossed the wire: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been invited to travel to China for the first time since June to meet with President Xi Jinping. News of the visit immediately provoked speculation that Beijing was trying to send a message: If the US wants peace on the Korean peninsula, China will need to be involved.

Underscoring that point, President Trump affirmed last week that Washington and Pyongyang are planning a second diplomatic summit (though Trump claimed that North Korea was showing some reluctance) to continue negotiations about denuclearizing the peninsula.

And while talks between the US and the North have hit an impasse over the US’s unwillingness to lift sanctions until the North finishes surrendering his nukes – the North, on the other hand, has been pushing for their gradual removal – South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Tuesday, citing intelligence agency reports, that the North and China might discuss the prospects for “a peace treaty” with South Korea that would formally end the Korean War – one of the loftiest goals from the thaw in inter-Korean relations this year.

Kim is expected to remain in China until the weekend.

A special train, carrying Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, arrived in Beijing earlier in the day on a four-day trip at the invitation of Chinese President Xi, according to the North’s state media.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers at a closed-door briefing that Kim may discuss ways to push for a peace treaty that could involve China ahead of his possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, according to lawmakers on the intelligence committee.

In a New Year speech, Kim called for multilateral talks involving the signatories to the truce that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, including China, and replacing it with a peace treaty.

Notably, Kim made his first foreign trip as leader (he traveled by train to China) ahead of the first US-North Korea summit, which suggests that another summit may in fact be in the offing.

His trip raises speculation that a second summit between Trump and Kim might be imminent amid an impasse over North Korea’s denuclearization. They held their historic first summit in June in Singapore.

The NIS said that Kim will likely seek to discuss sanctions relief and Pyongyang’s denuclearization with Xi, according to lawmakers.

Kim appears to want to reaffirm China’s role as the North’s patron and receive a security guarantee as the two countries mark the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year.

One South Korean lawmaker said Kim’s visit may have been planned to “put pressure” on the US.

The NIS also added that Kim is expected to inspect industrial facilities in the southeastern Chinese city of Tianjin.

The spy agency believes that Kim has an interest in the electricity, tourism and construction sectors.

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“Kim’s visit seems aimed at coordinating stances between the North and China ahead of a potential (Kim-Trump) meeting,” a lawmaker told Yonhap News Agency.

“At the same time, he apparently seeks to put pressure on the U.S. by highlighting the North’s ties with China.”

Ironically, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said during a Tuesday press conference that Kim’s visit was not unusual and that North Korea would not become “a bargaining chip” in US trade talks. “China and the DPRK are friendly and close neighbors and it is also an important tradition for us to maintain friendly exchanges,” Lu said.

The message is clear: If Washington wants peace on the Korean peninsula – or a completely de-nuclearized North Korea – it will need to work with Beijing.

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I admire the North Korean leader. He’s either very smart, or a damn good listener.

Olivia Kroth
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He is smart and a good listener. Furthermore, he is totally underrated by the West.

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

The USA always try to make those whom they decide are an ‘ENEMY’, to be a fool, or an insane person, or an animal. Kim is shrewd and can give as much, or more than he will take from Trump or any other Deep State supporter. Kudos to Kim and to China for holding their own against the corrupt Murder incorporated USA.

ruca
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ruca

Well said RC

Cudwieser
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To put it the other way, Those the Gods would destroy first they make mad.

Sally Snyder
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Sally Snyder

As shown in this article, North Korea is very concerned that the United States is taking a two-faced approach when it comes to negotiating an end to the DPRK’s nuclear program:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/12/washingtons-two-faced-approach-to-north.html

If Washington doesn’t get its act together, the window of opportunity for a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula could evaporate, leaving in its wake a nuclear nightmare.

craig watson
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Both NK and SK will likely proceed to re-unify, no matter what at this point. The Koreans will create peace where the USA wants only war, of course. It’s now inevitable, considering the implosion and collapse of the USA’s worldwide influence.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

But on whose soil will it be fought?

Platon
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Payback for the ‘chocolate cake with missiles’ fiasco.
Revenge is a dish best taken cold.
Something the USA is going to be redisicovering for the rest of its unnatural life.

Blue Pilgrim
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“speculation that Beijing was trying to send a message: If the US wants peace on the Korean peninsula, China will need to be involved.” Speculation? China has been involved all along. A message won’t help anyone who hasn’t got that. China is a ‘superpower sharing a border, so of course it needs to be involved, with the US, a very foreign power, constantly, making trouble, threats and disruption in the region (the only thing it is now capable of). The message people need to get is that the US is completely out of place and unwelcome there, and what the… Read more »

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