Xi-Kim Meeting in Beijing

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Xi-Kim Meeting in Beijing

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

It was Kim Jong-un's first foreign visit since becoming North Korean leader in 2011, fittingly to meet with China's Xi Jinping – called an unofficial visit from March 25 – 28, Kim accepting Xi's invitation.

Together with officials from both countries, both leaders vowed to hold "frequent high-level exchanges," strengthening bilateral communications at all  levels, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.

The DPRK's Korean Central News Agency said Kim extended an invitation to Xi to visit Pyongyang.

Xi stressed that a strong bilateral relationship is "a strategic choice and the only right choice for the sides to make based on history and reality," adding:

"This should not and will not change because of any single event at a particular time."

The visit comes at a time of deteriorated bilate
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