June 12, 2018 10:05
China is patting itself on the back for its ancillary role in the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The state-run Global Times daily on Monday crowed, "China has played an important role in setting stage for the Trump-Kim summit" -- by providing a charter plane that took Kim to Singapore.
It claimed Kim's journey to Singapore aboard the Air China plane carries huge symbolic meaning and demonstrates Beijing's "wholehearted support" for the North as well as its intention to continue playing a role on the Korean Peninsula.
It said China plays an "indispensable" role in helping North Korea join the international community and could also help the North open up its economy.
It also talked up Beijing for offering "crucial momentum" in ensuring that the summit proceeds.
Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping twice in the last few months, the last time just before Trump canceled the summit citing North Korea's "tremendous anger."
Kim's plane was the same Boeing 747 that Chinese Premier Le Keqiang uses on overseas trips.
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