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China’s Xi encourages North Korea to develop economically amid cheering crowds

Xinhua News Agency visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping left and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wave from an open top limousine as they travel along a street in Pyongyang North Korea China’s Xi encourages North Korea to develop economically amid cheering crowds
Deanna Wagner | 23 June, 2019, 11:05

Pyongyang has pulled out all the stops to welcome Xi, the first Chinese leader to visit the country in 14 years - a period in which Pyongyang has carried out five nuclear tests and launched missiles capable of reaching the entire USA mainland.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a major diplomatic action that comes as the world is undergoing changes unseen in a century and the worldwide situation is seeing complex and profound changes, a senior Chinese official said on Friday.

"The DPRK is willing to stay patient, and hopes that the relevant party will work with the DPRK to seek solutions that accommodate each other's legitimate concerns and push for results from the dialogue process", the Xinhua report continued, without specifying who or what Kim was referring to by the "party".

DPRK is the abbreviation of North Korea's official name.

An English version of a report published by the regime's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Xi and Kim exchanged views on peninsula affairs and vowed to develop bilateral relations "now that the serious and complicated changes are happening in global and regional situations".

Xi's visit to Pyongyang comes as China and the United States are involved in a messy trade war and North Korea's own negotiations with the U.S. - over trade - are stalled.

About 55,000 North Korean workers, of whom 60 percent are women, lost jobs at the Kaesong industrial park when the South Korean government withdrew from the joint complex in 2016 following a series of missile provocations by North Korea.

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At a time when "serious and complicated changes are happening in global and regional situations", KCNA said, the two leaders agreed to "promote close strategic communication" and develop their "common interests". North Korean media reported that "more than 250,000 people flocked to the streets" of Pyongyang to welcome Xi. Xi last visited the North 11 years ago in June 2008 as China's vice president.

For his part, Kim appreciated China's valuable support for the WPK's efforts to lead the people in the DPRK on the path to socialism, saying that the friendship between the two sides has been long standing, and enjoyed a firm basis, and the two sides are conducting intensive exchanges and friendly cooperation like family. Other people lined the roads and cheered from overpasses as Xi's motorcade traveled to central Pyongyang, where he joined Kim in an open-top vehicle. "North Korea is drawing up a new plan for a third summit with US", Thae told the paper.

North Korean orchestras performed patriotic songs, including "Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China", as well as several folk songs that Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, a professional singer, covered in her albums.

In the South Korean capital, Seoul, a United Nations human rights expert said there were signs that China had been collaborating with North Korea to arrest more North Koreans escaping from their country. The building is where Kim's office is known to be.

Some political analysts have interpreted the timing of Xi's Pyongyang visit as a possible attempt to gain leverage over the United States in a tense trade dispute, though China's Foreign Ministry this week dismissed that theory as "overthinking".

The flags of China, (left), and North Korea on display during a performance of North Korea's mass games staged in honour of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Thursday night during his two-day visit to the country.

The ensuing talks reportedly saw Xi urging Kim to move forward on denuclearisation, after a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump failed in February in Vietnam. Trump will visit Seoul following the G-20 to hold a bilateral summit with Moon.