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The announcement Tuesday of Kim Jong Un’s unprecedented visit to Beijing is a direct message to the White House that the U.S. is not the only superpower with interests in the Korean peninsula, a regional expert said Wednesday.
During the four-day trip, Kim and his wife dined at a lavish banquet hosted by China’s president-for-life Xi Jinping, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.
“The Chinese insist that they only want to bring the two states together diplomatically, but they don’t want to be cut out of the picture altogether,” John Hemmings, Asia Director at the Henry Jackson Society, a British foreign policy think tank, told VICE News. “China has major interests that must be considered by Pyongyang in any future settlement and they’ll want to remind Kim of those.”
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