As Kim visits China, Xi flaunts bargaining chip in trade dispute

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North Korean state media had not mentioned Kim's visit by early evening.

"Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) visits China from June 19 to 20", Xinhua said.

Kim "felt thanks for and highly praised China's promotion of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and its important role in protecting the peninsula's peace and stability", state broadcaster CCTV said.

Kim told Xi his summit with Trump "achieved results that are in line with the interests of all parties and the expectations of the worldwide communities", according to CCTV.

In a joint statement following the Singapore summit, Kim pledged to "work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

He negotiated details with North Korean counterparts for the summit last week on Singapore's Sentosa Island in which Trump and Kim met face-to-face for the first time.

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Kim is visiting China and there is a reason for this, he said. The US maintains it does not plan for decapitation, or regime-change oriented strikes against foreign governments, but it's been constantly dogged by tales of US Navy SEALs training with South Korean soldiers to kill Kim.

The outing comes as China has sought to strengthen its role as a mediator between the United States and North Korea, where Beijing claims compelling security and economic interests. China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic backer but has been angered by its nuclear and missile tests. Pompeo would go on to make security assurances to North Korea and wave before them the prospect of United States investment in exchange for denuclearizing, which has yet to materialize.

On Tuesday, the US and South Korean militaries confirmed they have called off scheduled joint exercises following Trump's order.

"It reflects that China is indispensible to the entire Korean nuclear issue".

It is now urgent for Xi and Kim to discuss how North Korea will work towards meeting USA demands, said Beijing-based global relations commentator Hua Po.

Trump intentionally undermined American national security: "For now, I'd only nominate [Trump] for the 'Ignoble Prize.' It's given to the leader who uses his presidential prerogatives to undermine the personal security of his citizens and values of his nation in more ways in just one year than any leader before him". "Kim will be reassuring Xi that China's interests are not being overlooked".

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Analysts saw the summit outcome as a sign of China's influence.

Xi holds a unique combination of carrots and sticks that could make or break talks between Trump and Kim.

In the intervening weeks, the two sides have exchanged several offers and counter offers - with China pledging to buy tens of billions of dollars of US energy and agricultural products each year - only for the threats and retaliation to resume.

"There remains hard work" and "difficult days" in denuclearisation negotiations with North Korea, Pompeo had said.

"China will continue to play a positive role in this process, ?"

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