DALIAN, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping met Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, for the second time in two months on Tuesday, continuing a wave of diplomacy over the North nuclear program.
The meeting in the Chinese port city of Dalian, near the North Korean border, as China tried to regain a central role in the fast-moving diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula.
It was announced on China's state television channel CCTV that Mr. Kim arrived in Dalian on Monday and left on Tuesday.
Xinhua, the official news agency, reported that Mr. Xi and Mr. Kim "went for a walk and had lunch." It added: "In a warm and friendly The leaders of the two parties and the two countries have had a full and in-depth exchange of views on the relations between their two countries.
Chinese analysts speculated that Mr. Kim was going to Dalian At the urging of the Trump administration, China reluctantly agreed last year to United Nations sanctions that hurt the economy of the North and deprive it of its foreign exchange reserves.Kim recently met with Mr. Moon, who helped the North with economic Help would help. Their meeting gave the North Korean Leaders also have a new influence on Mr. Xi. In essence, Mr. Kim can say that if China does not help alleviate the economic pain of the North, South Korea will do so.
The two meetings between Mr. Xi and Mr. Kim represent a dramatic change from the frosty period, starting with Mr. Kim taking power in 2011 when the two leaders refused to meet.
In an unusually positive language, Mr. Xi said that the North Korean leader had come "to meet me again after nearly 40 days" and "At a crucial time, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is undergoing profound and complex changes According to Xinhua
Chinese news channels referred to the fact that Mr. Kim stayed overnight and paid a long visit last month between Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon from South Korea.
Xinhua quoted Mr. Kim as saying he had returned to China to "strengthen strategic communication with Mr. Xi."
But Chinese analysts say the heat between the two leaders should not be overemphasized, and that Mr. Kim retains his trail of independence [NorthKoreawasneveravassalstate"saidShiYinhongaprofessoratRenminUniversityofChinaBeijingEvenlesssotheUnitedStateshasagreedtodealwithMrKimhesaid
Returning to Mr. Xi, Kim would most likely also try to get China's support for his diplomatic overtures President Trump assures China, North Korea's longtime ally, that it will not be spared diplomatic maneuvers with Washington. It is expected that Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim will meet later this month or in June.
Hours after Mr. Kim had flown home from Dalian, Mr. Trump tweeted that he would talk to Mr. Xi about the visit as well as the trade.
Like Mr. Kim's visit to Beijing in March, his visit to Dalian was kept under wraps. On Tuesday afternoon, the Japanese intelligence service Kyodo reported that a plane of the North Korean airline Air Koryo had been at the Dalian airport.
Chinese officials will meet in Tokyo on Wednesday for meetings with South Korean and Japanese counterparts as part of the new diplomatic diplomacy over North Korea. Japan, the host of the talks, has urged the United States to continue a tough line against Pyongyang.
The North Korean state news media criticized Tuesday that Japan supports stubborn sanctions against the north, with Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper, calling it "synonymous with throwing cold water to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula".
But Mr. Moon, who as South Korean leader pushed relations with Pyongyang, urged Japan to normalize relations with North Korea.
"I think the dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed," Mr Moon said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri on Tuesday.
"If relations between Japan and North Korea normalize, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula," he said in written answers to questions submitted by the newspaper.
Dalian also hosted a 2010 meeting between Mr. Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, and Mr. Li, who is now China's premier. The city is only a short flight or train ride from Pyongyang, making it a suitable place for talks between the two nations.
Mr. Kim, apparently not as scary as his father, traveled by plane. His father came to China on a slow-moving train.
Jane Perlez reported from Dalian, China, and Gerry Mullany from Hong Kong. Iris Zhao reported about Dalian.