Reading the North Korean leadership at the Kim-Xi summit
A Sino-DPRK meeting in Pyongyang offered some insights into goings-on in the court of Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their fifth summit in Pyongyang on June 20, with denuclearization and economic issues topping the agenda.
Reflecting the focus of the summit, North Korean and Chinese officials attending the meeting were broadly categorized into three pockets: foreign policy, economy, and military. On the North Korean side, five officials attended with Kim Jong Un; seven attended from the Chinese side. There were consistently fewer North Korean officials attending the past four Kim-Xi summits than the Chinese.
Attending the summit from North Korea were:[p
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