July 04, 2016 09:39
The North Korean regime is making maximum propaganda capital out of a bland message from Chinese President Xi Jinping to suggest its international isolation is less than total.
The official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Saturday said Xi sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a message saying the ties between Beijing and Pyongyang are a "valuable asset."
Xi said he hopes to promote the welfare of both Chinese and North Koreans by continuing to develop bilateral and cooperative ties.
North Korea watchers said the message was merely a noncommittal response to Kim's message the previous day marking the 95th anniversary of China's Communist Party.
On Friday, state TV also showed footage of Kim greeting a visiting special envoy of Cuban President Raúl Castro, and the state-run Rodong Sinmun daily also carried a front-page photo of Kim embracing the Cuban envoy.
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