The fifth Kim-Xi summit: what we learned
Both sides sought to project the image of an ironclad alliance unfazed by international pressure
Friday saw China and North Korea wrap-up up a two-day summit in Pyongyang, their first since January and President Xi Jinping’s first visit to the DPRK in his capacity as PRC leader.
Coming as it did following months of stalled diplomacy between North Korea and the United States and growing frustration from Pyongyang over its failure to secure a deal with Washington, the visit was closely watched, not least because of a looming G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
NK Pro analysis of both Chinese and North Korean coverage of the event suggests:China
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