China: The not-so invisible hand in US-N Korea talks

12-Jan-2019 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM Print This Post

By hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a fourth time, China has signalled again that it will not be sidelined in the diplomatic dance between its Cold War-era ally and Washington.

With another nuclear summit looming between Kim and US President Donald Trump, a meeting between President Xi Jinping and the North Korean leader was inevitable, according to analysts.

It has become something of a ritual: Last year, Kim briefed Xi before and after his historic summits with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

China, which wouldn’t want to be left out in the cold in any settlement, has worked to improve relations with its neighbour, which deteriorated after Beijing backed UN sanctions against North Korea.

This 9 January, 2019 photo shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (3rd L) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) attending a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping (3rd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) at the Beijing Hotel in Beijing. (AFP)

This 9 January, 2019 photo shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (3rd L) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) attending a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping (3rd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) at the Beijing Hotel in Beijing. (AFP)

While Beijing has been angered by Kim’s nuclear tests, it would not be happy to see its decades-old ally move closer to the United States at China’s expense.

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