Kim Jong Un's visit to Beijing

China anxious about being sidelined

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travelled to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on a surprise visit that began on Sunday and ended yesterday. Here is what analysts are saying about the trip, which is Mr Kim's first outside the North since taking power in 2011.

China's President Xi Jinping (right) shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing on March 27, 2018.
China's President Xi Jinping (right) shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing on March 27, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's just-concluded visit to Beijing is both an indication that Pyongyang's fraught ties with its neighbour have improved and that Beijing is anxious about being marginalised in talks on the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, analysts said.

Xinhua news agency yesterday said Mr Kim visited Beijing from Sunday to yesterday, although wire agencies reported that his train was seen leaving Beijing station at 3pm on Tuesday. Xinhua also said Mr Kim met President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2018, with the headline 'China anxious about being sidelined'. Print Edition | Subscribe