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Kim Jong-un visits China

IANS  |  Pyongyang/Seoul 

North Korean is currently on a visit to for talks with Chinese Xi Jinping, reported on Tuesday, raising speculation that his second summit with US might be forthcoming.

Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, left for on Monday afternoon for a four-day visit at the invitation of the Chinese President, quoted Pyongyang's news as saying.

China's state run has also confirmed the visit of the North Korean

Kim was accompanied by party, and military officials, including Kim Yong-chol, a key with the US, and Ri Yong-ho and No Kwang-chol, the country's foreign and defence ministers, respectively, according to the

The confirmation of Kim Jong-un's trip to came after South Korean media reported earlier on Tuesday that a special train carrying a high-ranking North Korean crossed into China on Monday night.

This is Kim Jong-un's fourth trip to the neighbouring ally and came as and are in talks to set the venue for a meeting between his possible second summit with Trump.

Last year, he travelled to China and met with Xi three times before and after he held his first-ever summit with Trump in June in

Xi is also expected to visit soon as the two countries mark this year.

Meanwhile, analysts have said that Kim Jong-un's latest trip might be intended to demonstrate to the world that their relations remain strong and also reflect the North's push to project its image as a normal state, reports

"It is rare that the North's travels overseas at the start of the year. (His trip to China) shows how important it is to advance relations between the North and China," Yang Moo-jin, a at the University of North Korean Studies, said.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 08:12 IST