Kim Jong Un meets with Xi Jinping in northern China

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On may 7-8, the General Secretary of the Communist party of China, the President of the PRC XI Jinping met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN, Chairman of the Labor party in the Chinese city of Dalian.

North Korean state media KCTV said Kim flew to Dalian on his private jet, arriving on Monday, where he was welcomed by high-profile Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The meeting between Kim and Xi came shortly after Kim's first two trips overseas since he became leader of North Korea in 2011.

According to the Xinhua report, Kim said he chose to meet Xi again to "inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability".

Xi praised Kim for "promoting inter-Korean dialogue and easing tension", with both leaders reiterating their commitment to denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

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"If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula", he said in written answers to questions submitted by the newspaper.

"China is willing to continue to play an active role in realising the denuclearisation of the peninsula and the long-term stability of the region".

Xi said the momentum of dialogue and alleviation of tension on the peninsula is being consolidated in the direction that is conducive to a political solution, it said. "Together, they also took a stroll and attended a luncheon", the state-run agency reported.

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China has sought to improve relations with its Cold War-era ally after ties chilled over Beijing's support of United Nations sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear activities. His trip comes just days after North Korea expressed displeasure with Washington for comments suggesting that U.S. pressure had pushed Kim to the negotiating table.

The visit followed a dramatic visit by Kim to Beijing in March, and comes ahead of a planned summit meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Dalian was also the site of a 2010 meeting between Mr. Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, and Mr. Li, who is now China's premier.

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