China, North Korea Looks to Strengthen Economic Cooperation
China, North Korea Looks to Strengthen Economic Cooperation

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties to solve the serious and complicated international problem and keep regional security, North Korean state media said on Friday (06/21).

President Xi arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday for a two-day visit, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years. The visit also comes a week before Xi and the United States (US) President Donald Trump meet at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan amid an ongoing trade dispute.

China is the North’s only major ally and Xi’s visit is aimed at bolstering Pyongyang against pressure from United Nation (UN) sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs and a breakdown in denuclearization talks with the US.

President Xi is expected to visit the Pyongyang Friendship Tower and give special respects. The tower is a monument to Chinese forces that saved North Korea from defeat during the Korean War. Xi’s visit coincided with the 70th anniversary of China-North Korea relations. It is also the right for Xi to show Beijing’s influence in the region.

According to state broadcaster China Central Television, Kim has said that North Korea would like to remain patient, but it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway to explore solutions for each side’s reasonable concerns.

“Xi’s visit, which may see China offer fresh support for North Korea’s floundering, sanctions-bound economy, was decisive to show their unchanging friendship to the world,” he said.

The time before, two leaders of a communist country have met in Hanoi ended without agreement because of differing opinions about Korea’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions.

President Xi explained that he had big plans for the stability of the East Asia region. Beijing will also take action in strengthening communication and coordination with North Korea and other relevant parties about nuclear issues.

He added issues currently being faced by the two countries is very complex and sensitive. Therefore his government is willing to play a constructive role in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Reportedly, Kim has made four trips to Beijing since March last year. He has also held two meetings with Trump, three times with the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in and this April traveling to Moscow to meet the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, said the meeting could run smoothly and negotiation was very important, he said at the forum of the Atlantic Council in Washington.

“The door is wide open for negotiations and we hope and hope that in the not too distant future we will be substantially involved again in this process,” he said

Responding to Xi’s visit to North Korea he said China did not do this as an aid to the US. According to him, this is China’s national interest, and in this case, China’s national interests and American national interests coincide. ”

“We have every expectation that President Xi will continue to send constructive but appropriate messages during his meetings,” he ended.

Written by Willy Matrona, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com