China Envoy Meets North Korea’s Kim Jong – Il

Reuters reports on high-level meetings between Kim Jong-il and Hu Jintao’s Special Envoy:

The meeting between Kim and Dai Bingguo, a senior Chinese diplomat, offered a sign of warming ties between the two countries, which had been strained after Pyongyang staged its second nuclear test explosion in May.

Dai handed Kim a letter from President Hu, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported. China’s official Xinhua news agency also reported the meeting.

Beijing has been seeking to coax North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks and the two communist neighbours are also celebrating 60 years of formal relations.

Premier Wen Jiabao is expected to visit North Korea in early October, making him the most senior foreign visitor to the North since it held the second nuclear test, which drew fresh U.N. sanctions backed by Beijing.

Read also “Q+A: What can high-level China-North Korea contact bring?” from Reuters.

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