Pyongyang: Chinese President, Xi Jinping started a historic visit in Pyongyang on Thursday.
This visit would to reboot a troubled alliance, as he and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with US President, Donald Trump.
Xi is first Chinese President to visit North Korea in 14 years, after relations between Cold War era allies deteriorated over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations and Beijing’s subsequent backing of United Nations sanctions.
Xi and Kim have been working to repair ties, with young North Korean leader visiting his older ally four times in China in past year and Beijing calling for sanctions to be relaxed.
After Beijing’s own trade negotiations with Washington hit a wall last month, some analysts believe Xi could come back from Pyongyang with leverage for his meeting with Trump at G20 summit in Japan next week.
Trump-Xi meeting at G20 raises hope for trade truce.
Xi, who will pay a two-day state visit, arrived in North Korea late on Thursday morning, China’s CCTV said.
Foreign Minister, Wang Yi and other officials are with him, according to Chinese state media.
In Pyongyang, Chinese flags hung throughout city and residents lined streets to welcome Xi.