Xi Jinping to visit North Korea for 70th anniversary celebrations

China's President Xi Jinping at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 24, 2018.
China's President Xi Jinping at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 24, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Pyongyang next month as ties between China and its close neighbour North Korea improve, and as Beijing and Washington are locked in escalating trade tensions.

The Straits Times understands that Mr Xi will attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding on Sept 9 at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, barring last-minute changes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2018, with the headline 'Xi Jinping to visit North Korea for 70th anniversary celebrations'. Print Edition | Subscribe