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Possibility of China-North Korea summit

10 0 17
14.11.2017
By Lee Seong-hyon

There is a growing interest in whether changes will occur in relations between North Korea and China as the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is over. The China-North Korea relations have stagnated in recent years. Nevertheless, there are a few indications for this prospect not to be ignored. If the summit meeting between the top leaders of Beijing and Pyongyang is held, it will render a very significant new variable in geopolitics in the region. Seoul and Washington should be prepared for this contingency.

In the early years of the Xi Jinping administration, Xi publicly sent a message to Kim Jong-un "to visit China at a convenient time." He did so a few times. Fast forwarding to the present, earlier this month, Xi sent Kim a courtesy message in response to congratulations from the North Korean leader for securing a second term as the head of China's ruling party. Most commentaries played down the exchange. They pointed out the "lengths" of the messages were shorter, compared to their "good old" times, and also the emphasis on "friendship" in their expressions was not accentuated as before. They........

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