Chinese President Xi Jinping is to visit North Korea in June for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Japan's Yomiuiri Shimbun reported on Monday.

Quoting sources in North Korea and China, senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao discussed the plans when he went to Pyongyang last week along with a group of Chinese artists.

Xi is expected to visit in late May or early June, after the U.S.-North Korea summit to discuss issues arising from the talks.

It would be the first visit to North Korea by a Chinese president since Hu Jintao back in 2005.

Kim invited Xi when he visited Beijing last month.

Already China is weakening sanctions against its ally. Radio Free Asia on Sunday said Chinese-North Korean joint venture projects are quickly resuming. Citing a source in North Hamgyong Province, RFA said new apartments are being built in the Rajin-Sonbong special economic zone as projects that had been put on ice resume.
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