July 31, 2021

Jang Song Thaek purge prompts calls for China visit

Global Times editorial says Kim Jong Un must assure China of N. Korea's stability

Kim Jong Un should visit China as soon as possible to assure Beijing that he can keep the country stable, the Chinese Communist Party's Global Times said in an article published in the aftermath of the purge of Jang Song Thaek and his associates.

Writing in an editorial entitled "North Korean stability suits China's interest," the paper's staff argued on Tuesday that a visit by Kim Jong Un – which would be his first since taking power in 2011 – would assure China that North Korea is stable.