Kim Jong Un Meets With Chinese President Again

Kim Jong Un Meets With Chinese President Again

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian on Monday and Tuesday, China's foreign ministry has announced.

It is the second summit between the two leaders in less than two months, after they held a secret meeting in the Chinese capital of Beijing in late March.

The March meeting was Kim's first international trip since he assumed power in 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and was seen as a warming of ties between the two fractious allies.

This week's talks come after a historic summit in late April between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and ahead of a highly anticipated summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, which is expected to take place by late May or early June, reports CNN.

North Korean state media KCTV said Kim flew to Dalian on his private jet, arriving on Monday, where he was welcomed by high-profile Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

In the past, North Korean leaders have been reluctant to travel by air on international journeys, especially Kim's father, who famously went everywhere in his personal armored train.

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