China is sending a high-level particular envoy to North Korea. The transfer follows President Donald Trump’s go to to China final week, the place he pushed Beijing to make use of its affect to stress Kim Jong Un into stopping his nuclear warfare threats.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that Song Tao, director of the ruling Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, would journey to North Korea on Friday.
The announcement didn’t point out Trump or the U.S.
China stays the only real protector of the North Korean regime, a relationship that has been a supply of friction between officers in Washington and Beijing. Trump has beforehand criticized China, saying its leaders weren’t utilizing their affect in Pyongyang to assist the U.S. persuade North Korea to tone down its rhetoric and finish its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,” the president mentioned in September.
Following final week’s conferences — which have been a part of Trump’s five-nation Asia tour — the president sounded optimistic in a Twitter message.
“President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against #NoKo. Said he wants them to denuclearize. Progress is being made,” the president tweeted.
Song would develop into the primary high-level Chinese official to go to North Korea since October 2015, when a member of the Communist Party Politburo committee met with Kim.
The International Liaison Department, answerable for the Chinese communist get together’s relations with overseas political events, has successfully taken the lead in conducting China’s diplomacy with North Korea, Reuters reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.