North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reached China for his fourth summit meeting with President Xi Jinping, North Korean and Chinese state media reported Tuesday. The four-day visit comes amid speculation that he may attempt to coordinate his positions with Beijing ahead of his likely summit with President Donald Trump.
Quoting the Korean Central News Agency, an AP report said Kim departed for China on Monday afternoon with his wife Ri Sol Ju and top officials, at the invitation of Xi Jinping.
Earlier, the South Korean media reported late Monday that Kim might be on his way to Beijing in a special train, which was was expected to reach Beijing on Tuesday.
On his visits to China last year, Kim had used a distinctive armoured train made especially for him.
According to the AP report, Kim’s trip comes after US and North Korean officials are believed to have met in Vietnam to discuss the location of a second summit between Kim and Trump.
Kim visited China three times in 2018, engaged in a flurry of diplomacy with the US and South Korea after he abruptly spoke about the fate of his advancing nuclear arsenal. Kim met Trump for a summit in Singapore last June.
It’s also Kim Jong Un’s birthday on Tuesday.