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N.K. leader could visit China next month after summit with Trump: source

North Korea 11:30 February 20, 2019

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could visit China next month after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a source said Wednesday.

A week after the first summit with Trump, in June last year, Kim visited Beijing to brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on the results of the talks with Trump in Singapore. Kim also visited China in May before the first summit.

The same pattern could repeat this time, the source said. Kim visited Beijing last month and could travel to the neighboring ally again following his second meeting with Trump in Vietnam's Hanoi from Feb. 27-28, the source said.

Kim's January trip marked the fourth time Kim has met with Xi in less than a year.

"For now, Chairman Kim's visit to China next month seems likely," the source said.

North Korea has been boasting of its ties with China in the run-up to the second U.S.-North Korea summit, sending an art troupe to Beijing for rare friendship shows last month.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Beijing and Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (2nd from L) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (L) talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd from R) and his wife Peng Liyuan prior to a luncheon at a restaurant in Beijing on Jan. 9, 2019, one day after Kim held formal talks with Xi, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 10. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)


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