US, China Hold More Trade Talks Overshadowed By Kim Jong Un's Visit

Trump Says Washington Is Seeking Location for Another Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un

While US president Donald Trump waits in the wings, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth summit with China's Xi Jinping - yet another nod to the leader Kim most needs to court as he tries to undermine support for global sanctions while giving up little, if any, ground on denuclearisation.

The tweet said: "January 8 is #KimJonUn's 35th birthday, which means he will celebrate his birthday during his January 7 to 10 visit to China".

Kim's visit to North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic ally, which was first reported by South Korean media, follows reports of advanced negotiations for a second summit between Washington and Pyongyang aimed at resolving the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

On the other hand, Bloomberg suggested Kim might be "building closer ties with China" after a few years of tension because he wants an alternative to further denuclearization talks with the United States.

He came again, this time on his 36th birthday, in an apparent effort to co-ordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with Trump over denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

When asked if Kim's delegation might have contact with the USA trade delegation in Beijing, Lu said the two groups were not on the same level.

Four of Kim's trips have been to China, signaling its importance to North Korea. The North Korean leader said in his New Year's address last week that he might take a "new path" in negotiations if Trump didn't relax the sanctions squeezing his economy. China clearly anticipates receiving a privileged stake in North Korea, Inc. when it opens for business after sanctions are eased, an outcome US policymakers will doubtless see as preferable to all-out war on the Korean Peninsula or a nuclear holocaust.

More Chinese care about Kim's New Year speech in which he reiterated North Korea's desire to develop its economy and improve its people's livelihood.

It is hoped that the US and South Korea can accurately understand the constructive significance of amicable China-North Korea ties to push ahead with denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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"It certainly has hurt the Chinese economy", Ross told CNBC, adding that China exports many more goods to the USA than the other way around.

Last year, he called on the Chinese President ahead of historic meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the demilitarised zone on their joint border and Mr Trump in Singapore, which resulted in a promise by Mr Kim to work towards denuclearisation.

Unlike that occasion, when the North's state media waited until his return to announce his journey, the official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday that he was traveling on board his "private train".

But Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the timing of the North Korean leader's arrival could be coincidental.

Washington is pressing the North to offer up a detailed accounting of its nuclear arsenal, while Pyongyang says it has already done enough and it is time for the USA to ease harsh worldwide sanctions that hold back the North Korean economy.

"China has always supported both sides to continue to hold talks and to reach a positive outcome", Lu said.

Ties between China and North Korea, which had frayed as Pyongyang stepped up its missile and nuclear tests up to late 2017, warmed over the past year as Kim engaged with China, South Korea and the United States.

US and Chinese officials are also holding trade talks in Beijing this week after agreeing on a temporary truce to their trade war last month.

Last week, Trump said he had recently received a "great letter" from Kim, but declined to reveal its contents. "But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC on Monday that China has so far kept the two issues separate". "China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea's nuclear capability; I expect they will continue to do so".

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