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Kim Jong Un may visit China today

Nikkei front-paged a speculative piece claiming that according to a source involved in Sino-DPRK relations, Chairman Kim is planning to fly to Beijing today for a summit with President Xi. According to the article, the North Korean leader is expected to brief his Chinese counterpart on his meeting with President Trump and seek Beijing’s support in negotiating denuclearization with Washington. As high-level talks on a nuclear-free North Korea are likely to be convened later this week between the USG and the DPRK government, Kim is reportedly anxious to align his approach toward the Trump administration with Xi’s. The daily speculated that since this will be Kim’s third trip to China, he is apparently planning to use the “China card” as negotiating leverage with the U.S.     

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