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North Korean leader's visit preludes likely 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. PHOTO: AFP/KCNA VIA KNS
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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 last year before his encounters with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and Mr Trump in June in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2019, with the headline North Korean leader's visit preludes likely Trump-Kim summit; China's role crucial. Subscribe