Kim Jong-un's trip to China: US loses control

30.03.2018

By making his first visit to China as leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un confirmed the central role of Beijing in the settlement on the Korean peninsula, as well as the paramount importance of China for North Korea.

The breakthrough agreements announced at the end of March 25-28, held in the security environment of North Korean leader's visit to Beijing, became known. There he held talks with Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. This voyage was the first overseas visit of the current North Korean leader after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011, which demonstrates the paramount importance of China for the DPRK, including in terms of settling its "nuclear problem."

Negotiations took place in a good atmosphere - in addition to official negotiations in the House of National Assembly, the leaders of the PRC and the DPRK attended a solemn banquet. He congratulated the Chinese leader on his re-election as chairman of the PRC and noted that this "corresponds to a friendly tradition between the DPRK and China."

Here are just a few of the main results of this visit that became public. The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea deserved credit for his country's reduction of tensions on the Korean peninsula. I had to consistently adhere to the desire for denuclearization. Kim Jong-un invited the PRC President to pay a visit to the DPRK at a convenient time, and Xi Jinping accepted the invitation (the last time the Chinese leader visited North Korea in 2005).

And, finally, Kim Jong-un expressed his readiness to conduct a dialogue with the US and hold a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Kim Jong-un called his trip to China, in which he was accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Zhu and members of the country's leadership, "a sacred duty." He stressed that he highly appreciates the "relations between the DPRK and China, which have a deep history."

The fact of the talks shows that Beijing demonstrated support for Pyongyang's initiatives at the international level.

At the same time, China, which is directly interested in the situation on the peninsula, does not want to be out of the way at a time when Kim Jong-un was taking the initiative to meet with the heads of South Korea (possibly in April) and the US (expected by May). It is important for Beijing to keep the situation under control. There, immediately after the visit of the North Korean leader, a diplomat from China Yang Jiechi will visit Seoul, where senior officials, including President Mohn, will meet.

Naturally, the focus of attention of the top-level talks in Beijing was an explosive situation on the Korean peninsula.

Xi Jinping praised Pyongyang for positive changes on the peninsula from the end of last year and set the task of "consistently striving to denuclearize the Korean peninsula for the sake of peace and stability in the region."

In his turn, Kim Jong-un pointed out that this problem "can be solved if South Korea and the United States react to our efforts, as well as create an atmosphere of peace and stability."

The general picture of the talks in Beijing leaves no doubt that China has taken on the role of mediator between the DPRK, which is a nuclear power, and the US, who do not want to reconcile with this.

On Tuesday, China informed Washington of the visit of Kim Jong-un, but the Americans did not fully appreciate this kindness, immediately attributing to themselves the laurels of the main "peacemaker". "We consider this development as yet another proof that our maximum pressure campaign creates the necessary atmosphere for a dialogue with North Korea," said the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders commenting on the news.

Staff reshuffles, including appointments for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, reinforce the position of the "hawks" who are opposed to Russia, the DPRK, China and other "enemies of the United States" and the tough anti-Chinese and anti-North Korean rhetoric of recent months have had for the United States an unpleasant result: against the background of the general pressure, the bloc of China and the DPRK is only getting stronger.

Thus, the prospect of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula is evident. The meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un will take place. And the North Korean leader will face not only the president of the United States - behind him will be an invisible giant figure Xi Jinping. It will be very difficult for the US to deprive Pyongyang of its most deadly weapons in these negotiations, and it is completely incomprehensible, in what form it is possible. And there is also no certainty that Washington is ready to pay a huge price for this, because for just this reason North Koreans, despite the difficult economic situation due to sanctions, will not be disarmed. And they will, in any case, require the most serious guarantees that the Americans will not deceive them once again. And, perhaps, Russia will ask for this, which also plays a significant role in the Korean settlement.