All papers reported that Song Tao, the head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department and a special envoy of President Xi Jinping, returned to China on Monday after a four-day visit to North Korea. There have been no reports in the official media of the two countries that Song met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Asahi wrote that North Korea’s “cool” treatment of the Chinese envoy indicates North Korea’s obstinate rejection of calls from the U.S. and China for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The paper also wrote that substantial improvement in relations between Beijing and Pyongyang will probably be difficult and that China will likely be torn between the Kim regime and the Trump administration, which is calling for further sanctions. Mainichi wrote that the apparent absence of a meeting between the Chinese envoy and the North Korean leader indicates a rift between Beijing and Pyongyang.