Two day visit might be very important for Korean Peninsula
In a swift development away from much media hype, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Chinese capital Beijing on Tuesday, where he is likely to brief President Xi Jinping on his recent summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kim’s third trip to China this year has come in less than a week after his meeting with Trump in Singapore. Following the Singapore summit Trump agree to work with Kim toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, committed to provide Kim Jong-un regime with security guarantees and pledged to end “war games”, which South Korea and China have long seen as provocative. Kim travelled to Beijing before meeting Trump as well.
In an unusual move, Chinese state media announced Kim’s visit and said he would stay for two days. Earlier, China used to confirm Kim’s visit after North Korean leader’s departure from the country. No other details were provided.
China is North Korea’s most important diplomatic and economic supporter but has been angered by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests. Beijing Police tightened security along main Changan Avenue, which leads to the Great Hall of the People and also outside the Diaoyutai State Guest House, where Kim stayed with his wife during his March visit to Beijing.
China has welcomed the warming of ties between Washington and Pyongyang, and offered to help. Reportedly China has been particularly pleased by Trump’s announcement to suspend military drills. China has long pushed for “dual suspension” proposal, whereby https://www.apnlive.com/topic/north-koreaNorth Korea stops weapons tests and the US and South Korea stop military drills.
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“South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August,” according to a South Korean defence ministry statement.
A Pentagon statement confirmed the suspension and added that there would be a meeting between the secretaries of defence and state as well as Trump’s national security adviser on the issue this week.
Last year, 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops participated in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than live field exercises that use weapons, tanks or aircraft.
The decision to halt military exercises in South Korea has angered many current and former U.S. defence officials, who only learned about it when Trump made announcement after the Singapore summit.