China 'hopes U.S. and North Korea can meet halfway'

A vehicle that is part of a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way through central Beijing

Kim Jong Un arrived on January 8 on an unannounced visit to Beijing for talks with President Xi Jinping, as preparations ramp up for an expected second summit with Donald Trump.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left Beijing on Wednesday via his personal train, according to reports by Japanese media.

"The second North Korea-United States summit - to take place soon - and a reciprocal visit to Seoul by Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea will be.turning points that will firmly solidify peace on the Korean Peninsula", said Mr Moon in his speech.

Beijing is intent on keeping Pyongyang within its sphere of influence - the North acts as a buffer state, keeping the 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea far from China's borders.

Discussions between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal have stalled since Kim and Trump's high-profile summit in Singapore in June where they issued a vaguely worded declaration about denuclearisation.

"We will not loosen our guard until the promise to denuclearize the peninsula is kept and peace is fully institutionalized", Moon said.

Xi was quoted by Xinhua as saying that China supports the U.S.

Nonetheless a commentary carried by KCNA last month stressed that when Pyongyang refers to "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it includes the North, the South, and "surrounding areas from where the Korean peninsula is targeted".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, asked during a daily briefing whether there was a connection between Kim's visit and the possibility of another meeting between Kim and Trump, said China believed contact between the United States and North Korea was important. The North Korean leader confirmed he remains committed to the consensus reached during the Singapore summit with Donald Trump past year.

China, which wouldn't want to be left out in the cold in any settlement, has worked to improve relations with its neighbour, which deteriorated after Beijing backed United Nations sanctions against North Korea. Mr. Kim was accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol Ju, the news agency said.

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During the summit Kim met with Xi at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday after a welcoming ceremony.

The visit coincides with what South Korean officials say is Kim's 35th birthday on Tuesday.

While Kim was in China, Xi's government was in talks with a visiting USA delegation over a trade war that has been extracting a financial cost on the world's two biggest economies.

At Tuesday's daily Chinese foreign ministry briefing, spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing remains supportive of efforts to end tensions over US demands for a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

President Moon Jae-in called on North Korea to take bold steps towards denuclearization.

"China has been an important force in promoting the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and peace and stability on the peninsula", said Lu.

What those actions could show, and what Kim communicated in his New Year's address, is that North Korea is "not really serious about denuclearisation", said James Kim, or at least not in the way the U.S. would like to see it.

Kim spent a little more than a day in the Chinese capital and was en route to Pyongyang by 2 p.m. Wednesday local time, Yonhap News Agency of South Korea reported, citing unidentified officials.

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