President Xi Offers N. Korea Firm Backing

President Xi Jinping of China offered North Korean leader Kim Jong un, firm backing in the deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

He reasserted Beijing's key role in the wider process.

North Korea's Kim visited Beijing this week for talks with President Xi.

The meeting is seen as a strategy session ahead of a second summit between North Korea the United States us President Donald Trump.

China is the north's sole major ally, main diplomatic backer and a key trade partner.