Senior Chinese diplomat to visit North Korea as envoy of Xi

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy will visit North Korea from November 17, days after President Xi Jinping met with United States President Donald Trump, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported last week that the US North Korea envoy Joseph Yun had said if North Korea stopped firing missiles for 60 days, it would be a signal to resume direct dialogue.

Trump, who wrapped up his five-nation tour of Asia yesterday, has warned the North Korean dictator of dire consequences if he went ahead with the nuclear programme.

China has repeatedly pushed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but in recent months has had only limited high-level exchanges with North Korea. However, it's believed that China's new nuclear point man also has not yet visited North Korea in this role.

Chinese banks have stopped dealing with North Korea after the United States unilaterally sanctioned the Bank of Dandong.

"And hopefully China will act faster and more effectively on this problem than anyone", he said.

For his part, Xi repeated his plea for the issue to be resolved through negotiations, saying China was ready to discuss the "pathway leading to enduring peace and stability on the peninsula".

"Song will inform the DPRK of the 19th CPC National Congress and visit the DPRK", it said, referring to the abbreviation of North Korea's full name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Beijing fears pressuring Kim's regime into collapse, triggering a flood of refugees across its border and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the USA military in South Korea.

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