Following Trump-Xi meeting, China to send special envoy to N Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

A senior Chinese diplomat will visit North Korea from Friday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing said, although it did not say he was planning to discuss North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs. The last time China's special envoy for North Korea visited the country was in February a year ago.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy will visit North Korea from November 17, days after President Xi Jinping met with United States President Donald Trump, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

The trip, however, comes amid global concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and missile tests.

For the unversed, Trump has repeatedly called on China to do more to use its influence to pressure North Korea into altering its behaviour.

On Sunday, Trump said Xi stated that "he is upping the sanctions against" North Korea, but he did not provide details and China has not announced any new punitive measures.

Song's department is in charge of the party's relations with foreign political parties, and has traditionally served as a conduit for Chinese diplomacy with North Korea.

It is also unclear where Song will meet North Korea's youthful leader Kim Jong Un.

Beijing fears pressuring Kim's regime into collapse, triggering a flood of refugees across its border and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the United States military in South Korea.

China and Russian Federation have campaigned for a "dual track" approach in which the United States would halt its military drills in the region in return for North Korea suspending its weapons programmes, but the proposal has not gained traction.

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