May 17, 2022

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Friends reunited: why the Kim-Xi summit was masterful political theater

While concrete outcomes were limited, the two countries have sent a clear message to President Trump

On June 17, at 8pm, DPRK and Chinese official news outlets reported that President Xi Jinping would make a state visit to North Korea by the end of the week.

It was pretty short notice, given that the visit was set to begin on June 20, but it was remarkable that the news was released simultaneously. It implied a high level of coordination between Pyongyang and Beijing.