Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Dalian


A North Korea plane was photographed by the Japanese media at the Dalian International Airport and both the Japanese and South Korea media reported that a "high level" North Korean official was holding a summit with Xi. "That is not convincing evidence of dismantling their nuclear program".

Xi-Kim meeting took place amid concern in Beijing that the North Korean leader is getting too close to United States sidelining China pointing to its declining importance in the Korean Peninsula peace process. But momentum for diplomacy built this year as North and South Korea have moved to ease tensions, including with their own leaders' summit late last month.

It will be Pompeo's second known visit to the country.

Addressing Kim who heads the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) of North Korea as "Comrade Chairman", Xi said Kim "made a special trip to China to meet me again just after 40-odd days" at a crucial time when the Korean Peninsula situation is undergoing profound and complex changes.

"In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and major issues of common concern", Xinhua said. South Korea's Blue House also had to dispatch its national security adviser Chung Eui-Yong to the United States, who then met with his US counterpart, John Bolton, on May 4 and publicly rejected the talk of a possible reduction of USA troops.

On Monday in Washington, Trump was briefed by members of the USA delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who returned to Washington on the weekend from a two-day visit to China, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Monday.

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In March, Kim travelled by train to Beijing, his first known trip overseas since assuming power in 2011.

Mnuchin will be part of a US delegation to Jerusalem on May 14 to open the new American embassy to Israel, but will return in time to meet with Liu, a Treasury spokesman said. It was not clear if Kim would meet Pompeo on Wednesday. They will sign a deal on resuming currency swaps and China will grant Japan investment quotas in its bond and equity markets, Li said in an essay published in Japan's Asahi newspaper. The venue for their summit has not been announced.

The tariff threats have roiled USA and other stock markets in recent weeks amid fears that a trade war between the two economic powerhouses will hit global markets. Abe has hewed closely to Trump's call for maintaining "maximum pressure" to induce Kim to give up his nuclear weapons and missiles, whereas China and South Korea have sought gestures to encourage compromise by Kim.

The Chinese President is reportedly planning a trip to the North Korean capital Pyongyang, an official told CNN in April, but no date has been announced as yet.

Rumors had swirled since Monday evening that the security level had been increased in the coastal Chinese city of Dalian, which is across the bay from North Korea.

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