INTERNATIONAL

Xi Meets Kim In Pyongyang

China's President Xi Jinping held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang as part of his two-day state visit, and discussed the 'new era' of relations between the two countries, as they mark the 70th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

In a news briefing spokesman Foreign Office said President Xi Jinping arrived in North Korea as Beijing looks to bolster its neighbor, hit by U.N. Sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, a week before xi and u.s. President Donald Trump meet amid a bitter trade dispute.

Xi, whose entourage includes the head of China's state economic planner, will be in reclusive North Korea for two days, becoming the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years, and could bring fresh support measures for its floundering, sanctions-bound economy.

China is the north's only major ally and the visit comes amid renewed tension on the Korean peninsula as the United States seeks to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.