North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Beijing today, where he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for a two-day visit. The trip is Kim’s third to China since April and comes just one week after his historic Singapore Summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to a welcome ceremony, which reportedly featured a crowd of excited children jumping up and down while holding Chinese flags. Neither China or North Korea have released details about what the trip is for or an itinerary. However, the timing of Kim’s trip, just hours after Trump threatened Beijing with $200 billion worth of tariffs, only further cements Xi’s power over Pyongyang.
Kim is expected to discuss his meeting with Trump last week and next steps for the two east-Asian nations. The two leaders will also likely talk about North Korea sanctions and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. “[The trip] is about keeping Xi Jinping in the picture after the Singapore Summit,” Professor Steve Tsang, a political scientist and director of the SOAS China Institute, told Newsweek. “Kim will be reassuring Xi that China’s interests are not being overlooked.”