Putting a stop to all the speculations, China today declared that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was indeed in Beijing and met Chinese President Xi Jinping.
An arrival of a special North Korean train and heightened security in Beijing had led the media to believe Kim was in town but neither Beijing nor Pyongyang let on until Wednesday morning when China’s state-controlled Xinhua news agency flashed the news.
The news outlet described Kim’s visit from Sunday to Wednesday as “unofficial” and said the North Korean leader and Xi discussed Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis.
Kim told Xi that the situation on the Korean Peninsula was improving, as Pyongyang had taken the initiative to ease tensions and decided to talk to Seoul and Washington.
A reclusive Kim is due to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month and US President Donald Trump in May on North Korea’s nuclear tests.
China is North Korea’s sole ally. Their friendship dates back to the Korean War when Beijing stood by Pyongyang.