JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)–Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet North Korean President Kim Jong Un to support the Korean Peninsula dispute. He vowed to help make a progress in the negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington on the dispute.
Xi visit Pyongyang for two-day starting Thursday at the invitation of leader Kim.
“Its support for North Korea holding a right approach of politically resolving Korean Peninsula issues and trying to reasonable concerns through dialogue,” he said as quoted by the Korea Times.
Before meet Xi, Kim and Russian Vladimir Putin approved to hold their first Russian-North Korean Summit at April 25. At the meeting, both leaders also talked on the political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula.
The meeting firstly came after North Korea said it had tested new tactical weapons with “strong warheads” and sought new allies because the denuclearization talks with Washington appeared to be stalled.
For North Korea, the inaugural meeting was an opportunity for Kim to hope that Russia agreed to a compromise that would see easing international sanctions that damage its economy.
The country’s poor economic situation has urged Kim to make relaxation in sanctions so that regular trade can increase.
Putin himself has long expressed his readiness to meet North Korean leaders after the last summit between the heads of state of Russia and North Korea came in 2011 when Kim’ father, Kim Jong-il, traveled to Siberia to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the time.
At that time, Kim Jong-il, who died shortly after the visit, stated that his country was ready to leave the nuclear test.
In early April, North Korea conducted a trial of what state media dubbed “a new type of tactical guiding weapon”. America’ Defense Minister Patrick Shanahan said the trial was a kind of tactical or battlefield weapon, not a missile that would violate Kim’s own moratorium on testing intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But for Russia, with the meeting Moscow was eyeing a leading role in other global hotspots. Because the situation on the Korean Peninsula seems to be stabilizing after a historic meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump last year that supports denuclearization.
But the second round of talks ended in failure and Pyongyang this week said it was testing weapons again. While, the Washington has accused Moscow of providing some food aid to North Korea, helping Pyongyang avoid a number of international sanctions, although Moscow later denied the allegations.
In addition, so far, Russia has no influence on China, Pyongyang’ only major ally and trading partner. With this meeting, Russia’ role in every global negotiation is likely to be part of a group with China and North Korea itself.
Indeed, the Soviet Union is North Korea’ main ally, which offers economic cooperation, cultural exchange and assistance. But since the collapse of the “Iron Curtain” the relationship has suffered.
And as a regular trading partner, North Korea is not very attractive to Russia, because it cannot afford international market prices. Like the US and China, Russia was not comfortable with North Korea becoming a nuclear state and in the early 2000s was part of the bad luck six-party talks after Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
But unlike the US, Russia only wants talks with Pyongyang which aims to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Russia’ involvement is also a matter of prestige and reputation regardless of how the America – North Korea relationship will work. The other communist country is interested in being involved at least at a certain level.
Russia also cannot provide economic assistance, because it is still bound by UN Security Council sanctions, so that open violations will only harm the Moscow’ interests. In other words, the meeting was deliberately engineered by the US to urge North Korea not to increase tensions with Washington.
This can be seen from Donald Trump’s adviser, Fiona Hill, who was in Moscow to hold talks with his Russian partner, Yuri Ushakov. Likewise the North Korean Trump envoy Stephen Biegun is also in Moscow, the US foreign ministry said.
After meet Kim. Xi planned to extended meeting with Trump at G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan next week. The two leaders meeting took place when war trade tension increased. Trump stated that the meeting might very well go well by adding that China wants to make a deal.
“That is working out pretty much as I anticipated,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chinese state media reported Xi willing to meet with Trump and exchange views. The two nations’ economic and trade teams should keep in contact on how to solve differences, according to the statement.
“I agree that the economic and trade teams of the two countries will build communication on how to resolve differences,” he explained.
Written by Willy Matrona, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org