Kim Jong Un holds second meeting with Xi Jinping in China

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian on Monday and Tuesday, Chinese state media reported.

"The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest, including recent developments on the Korean peninsula and President Xi's meeting today with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un", according to the White House announcement.

Some analysts have said China also wants to keep its influence on North Korea amid diplomatic efforts by Seoul and Washington to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hold talks in South-East China; Kim tells the Chinese leader he's awaiting initiation of talks with US President Donald Trump.

Until now, the only American released by North Korea during Trump's presidency was Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old university student who returned to the United States in a coma last summer after 17 months of captivity and died days later.

This second Xi-Kim meeting came after the inter-Korean summit on April 27, and a day ahead of a trilateral summit between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, at which North Korea is expected to top the agenda.

President Donald Trump said he will speak Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart. The official is believed to be greeting, or have greeted, the North Korean official. Pyongyang claims Kim himself is the driver of the current situation and the spokesman said the US should not to interpret Pyongyang's willingness to talk as a sign of weakness.

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China has consistently been one of North Korea's few allies. No decision has been made yet on the venue, although Singapore and the South Korean border town of Panmunjom are believed to be in consideration.

Since the first summit in March, Kim said both bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula "have undergone meaningful progress", the report said.

Kim's second trip to China could be a demonstration of solidarity with Beijing or to double-check the solidity of Pyongyang's "insurance policy" with Beijing in case the Trump-Kim summit is canceled or postponed. He met Kim on this last trip but said he did not know exactly who he would meet this time.

Xi-Kim meeting took place amid concern in Beijing that the North Korean leader is getting too close to USA sidelining China pointing to its declining importance in the Korean Peninsula peace process. "And with the help of China, South Korea and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone", Trump added. The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea immediately commit to denuclearization.

"China and the DPRK are close neighbours and we maintain normal communication and exchanges with each other", Geng said, using North Korea's official acronym.

Internet users in China said security was beefed up in Dalian and flight delays happened.

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