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Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping Stage a Pyongyang Love Fest

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SEOUL—China’s President Xi Jinping got a 21-gun salute as he and his wife arrived Thursday in Pyongyang. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un was on hand at Sunan airport with his wife and nearly 10,000 of his people waving flowers and chanting slogans. Another 200,000 reportedly lined the streets as Xi and Kim rode into town in a roofless limousine for a ceremonial call at the mausoleum containing the remains of Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, dynasty founder Kim Il Sung.

It was a set piece opening on the way to a pre-scripted denouement on Friday at which Xi is sure to wind up his first visit to the North Korean capital just as he began it, promising full support to whatever Kim has to say about denuclearization.

Kim has visited Xi in Beijing four times, but Xi’s presence in Pyongyang as the first Chinese leader to go there in 14 years made plain how strongly he wants to show his allegiance to Kim’s strategy for dealing with the United States.

The timing of the long-planned visit is critical, right in the midst of two broiling disputes that Xi is struggling to resolve in his favor.

The first is Hong Kong, where millions of demonstrators compelled Xi’s handpicked boss to back down on an extradition agreement that would have Hong Kong authorities sending alleged miscreants back to China whenever Chinese authorities beckoned.

And the second is the ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. that has the Chinese worried over tariffs in a battle with ripple effects felt throughout the region and potentially around the world.

What better way to avenge the wrongs of the Trumpian trade tactics, from........

© The Daily Beast