China will send a Communist Party official with an art troupe to North Korea for a festival celebrating the country's founder, state media said today, as the neighbours seek to heal battered relations.
Song had visited Pyongyang late last year to brief officials about the party's October congress.
Both North Korean and foreign artists take part, and this year's week-long event includes concerts, dance performances and acrobatics.
China has sent art troupes to every festival since 1986, except in 2016.
Beijing is North Korea's sole major ally, an alliance dating back to the 1950-1953 Korean War, but relations deteriorated after China backed United Nations sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme.
Kim's visit was seen as an attempt by both leaders to shore up a key alliance ahead of the North Korean leader's planned summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this month and US President Donald Trump in the following weeks.
Baik Tae-hyun, a spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry, said Seoul believes the Chinese delegation's trip is "part of the efforts to strengthen friendly cultural exchanges between North Korea and China following their summit".
Seoul, Baik added, "will watch with interest whether it will lead to a performance in China by North Korean artists that was cancelled in December 2015".
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