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China’s Global Times government newspaper cited experts Sunday who credited “China’s mediation and encouragement” to North Korea for this weekend’s surprise meeting between President Donald Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong-un.
China’s Communist Party chairman Xi Jinping visited Pyongyang in June to give Kim assurances that China would support his rogue state amid the strictest sanctions North Korea has endured since its founding, which China allowed to pass through the U.N. General Assembly despite having veto power. Since the sanctions took hold in 2017, abundant evidence has surfaced that Chinese companies, which act only under the authority of the communist regime, have been helping Kim evade the sanctions and keep his economy afloat.
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Zheng Jiyong, an academic friendly to Beijing, told the Global Times that Xi Jinping helped give Trump the “confidence” necessary for the impromptu invite to Kim this weekend. Trump was on a state visit to South Korea following his attendance at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, when he invited Kim to meet at Panmunjom, a neutral village in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), while he was in South Korea.
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“Without China’s encouragement, Trump might not be so confident to propose such a meeting at the DMZ so soon, since he would not have been sure what Kim was thinking,” Zheng reportedly said, adding that the summit “proves that China’s mediation and encouragement are effective, and at least the friendly atmosphere of the region has been rebuilt successfully.”
The Global Times credited Trump’s meeting with Kim – and, relatedly, his crossing into North Korean territory, the first U.S. president in history to visit the country – for having “reduced pessimistic voices on North Korea-US negotiation after the Hanoi summit in February ended without reaching any agreement.”
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