China has reminded the world it has a crucial role in any nuclear bomb and missile talks before Kim Jong Un’s planned summits with both the South Korean and American Presidents. The North Korean leader’s secretive talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing — which were not confirmed until he returned home — appear aimed at improving the leverage of both countries.
Ties between the long-time allies frayed recently as China supported tougher UN sanctions on North Korea and suspended coal and iron ore imports. Over the past couple of days in Beijing, it’s all smiles and friendly handshakes.
Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam
Chad O’Carroll – Director of news site NK News.
Einar Tangen – Chinese government adviser.
Karl Friedhoff – Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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