North Korea eyes leverage from getting close to China

North Korea's eagerness to mend ties with its long-time ally China could be aimed at gaining leverage ahead of two major summits with South Korea and the United States, analysts here say.

South Korea welcomed the surprise meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing this week as positive, and said it hoped it would contribute to denuclearisation and peace-building on the Korean peninsula.

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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 'N. Korea eyes leverage from getting close to China'. Print Edition | Subscribe