Kim Jong-un's China Visit 'Helpful to S.Korea'

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    March 30, 2018 12:45

    National security adviser Chung Eui-yong (left) shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in a hotel in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

    Yang Jiechi, China's state councilor for foreign affairs, on Thursday gave national security adviser Chung Eui-yong a detailed briefing on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Beijing, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

    Yang said Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged opinions with Kim for a long time. "I think the latest visit can be helpful to solve Korean issues through denuclearization, peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and political negotiations," he added.

    Chung said it is important that Kim expressed willingness to denuclearize.

    Policy wonks are having a field day with the flurry of North Korea diplomacy. The Xi-Kim summit "demonstrates Xi is moving away from an arm's-length, non-dialogue policy to reconciliation with Kim Jong-un," said Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in an article on Wednesday.

    "This shift is likely motivated by (a) dissatisfaction with the ineffectiveness of their North Korea policy prior to Xi's reinstatement as leader, and (b) the announcement from the South Koreans of a possible summit between Kim and U.S. president Donald Trump."

    They warned China "may resume some assistance to the North as it seeks Pyongyang's assurance that it will not undertake any provocative actions."

    Meanwhile, Yang and Chung also discussed ways of reducing toxic haze being blown into Korea from China, Cheong Wa Dae said.

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