Top N. Korea official visits Beijing amid tensions
A top North Korean official made an unexpected visit to China on Tuesday in an apparent attempt by Pyongyang to mend frayed ties with its powerful neighbour, Japanese media reported.
Beijing is North Korea’s largest trading partner and has been its key diplomatic protector for decades, but ties have been strained recently by Pyongyang’s internationally-condemned nuclear test program, with Beijing supporting UN sanctions against its isolated neighbour.
Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, arrived in Beijing to brief Chinese officials on a once-in-a-generation party congress held earlier this month, Kyodo news reported. Read More