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Kim Jong-un meets Chinese delegation

Kim Jong-un meets Chinese delegation

Kim met Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's global department, who was leading an art troupe to a spring festival in the North's capital.

North Korea's state broadcaster Korean Central Television said Sunday that Song Tao, who leads the Chinese Communist Party's International Department, held a meeting with Kim on Saturday to "exchange in-depth opinions on areas of mutual interest including major issues and world order". North Korean media has since been lauding ties with China, a move that local analysts believe is Pyongyang's effort to build negotiating power with the United States when Kim meets President Donald Trump in May or June for the first summit between a North Korean and American leader.

The warm welcome is in stark contrast to when Song was not permitted to meet Kim during a visit as the Chinese president's special envoy last November.

The two exchanged "profound views on the important matters of mutual concern" and the worldwide situation, KCNA said, without providing details.

Song and Kim also exchanged their views on deepening bilateral relations, the KCNA said, with Kim saying he would develop their friendship into a "fresh phase of development".

Sunday marked the 106th birthday of North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-un's grandfather, but the regime kept its celebrations low-key this year, refraining from launching a ballistic missile or holding a military parade as in the past.

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Photos from the evening show long tables with officials applauding as they listened to speeches.

In this April 14, 2018, photo provided Sunday, April 15, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's global department in North Korea.

The art troupe performed on Saturday at the Mansudae Art Theatre, and the North Korean leader Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju watched a ballet 'Giselle, ' performed by the National Ballet of China, but Kim was not present, the KCNA said.

China has sent art troupes to every festival since 1986, except in 2016.

Song also met Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) President Jin Liqun to discuss potential projects between the two Koreas, including connecting gas pipelines and rails.

Both sides will hold another working-level meeting on Wednesday to agree on protocol, security measures and media coverage of the April 27 summit.


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