Special North Korean train enters China

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Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:02 pm

A special North Korean train entered China late Monday (Jan 7), Yonhap news agency reported, raising speculation that leader Kim Jong Un could be on his way to Beijing.

The train crossed the border around 10.15 pm local time (9.15pm Singapore time) and was expected in the Chinese capital Tuesday (Jan 8) morning, the South Korean news agency reported, citing an informed source. In the Chinese border city of Dandong, dozens of security vehicles and officials blocked the roads around the train station on Monday before the train passed through, Yonhap reported, before reopening them afterwards. It had not been confirmed whether a senior North Korean official was on board, it quoted its source as saying.
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Chinese & N. Korean officials confirmed the news of Kim Jong-un’s 4th visit to China at almost the same time. This year coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China & the DPRK. http://news.dwnews.com/global/news/2019 ... 10715.html
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Beijing seeking a breakthrough in denuclearization talks and ways to improve ties with the US.

If North Korea reaches positive and historic results in the negotiations with the US, Chinese analysts noted that 2019 could be as seminal a year for North Korea as 1979 was for China, drawing a parallel to the year China and the US established formal diplomatic ties and China began its reform and opening-up.

At the invitation of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, Kim, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of North Korea, is visiting China, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Kim is set to visit China Monday to Thursday, said a spokesperson of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee in Beijing.

Kim's visit is taking place as North Korea and the US are reportedly planning a second leaders' summit, prompting some Chinese media and observers to speculate that Kim wants to consult with China about the Trump meeting.

Discussions on "major issues of political security, economic development and strategy" have become a tradition of China-North Korea relations at the beginning of a new year, Wang Junsheng, a research fellow on East Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Visiting China before a meeting with Trump seems like a new tradition in the China-North Korea relationship, Zheng Jiyong, director of the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Kim visited China three times in March, May and June 2018. The March and May visits came before his historic meeting with Trump.
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Beijing and Pyongyang on Thursday hailed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to China as a significant trip to make "new contributions" to the bilateral ties that opened a new chapter in 2018.

The Chinese side spoke highly of Kim's visit coming at the beginning of 2019 and in a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a routine press conference on Thursday.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also called Kim's trip a "historic visit" after elaborating the tour in a detailed article on Thursday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a welcome banquet for Kim and his wife upon his arrival in Beijing on Tuesday, the reported birthday of the North Korean leader.

Kim said he was grateful to Xi for taking time from a busy schedule at the beginning of the year to receive the North Korean delegation, the KCNA reported.
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