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Kim Jong Un's visit to China preludes second Trump-Kim summit; China's role crucial

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju leaving Pyongyang station to visit China on Jan 7, 2019.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju leaving Pyongyang station to visit China on Jan 7, 2019.PHOTO: AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest visit to China is a prelude to his likely second summit with US President Donald Trump with Beijing playing a pivotal role in nudging Pyongyang towards denuclearisation, say experts.

Mr Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping before his encounters with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and Mr Trump in June in Singapore.

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