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Xi heads to North Korea to meet Kim ahead of Trump talks

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PRESIDENT Xi Jinping left China on a historic trip to Pyongyang Thursday, rebooting a troubled alliance as he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with US President Donald Trump.

Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years after relations between the Cold War era allies deteriorated over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations and Beijing’s subsequent backing of UN sanctions.

Xi and Kim have been working to repair ties, with the young North Korean leader visiting his older comrade four times in China in the past year and Beijing calling for sanctions to be relaxed.

But the Chinese leader waited to reciprocate the visit, biding his time to see how nuclear talks between Kim and Trump would play out before deciding to travel to Pyongyang, according to analysts.

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Xi, who will pay a two-day state visit, is flying to North Korea with his wife Peng Liyuan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other officials, according to state........

© Asian Correspondent