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Chinese special envoy to visit North Korea Chinese special envoy to visit North Korea
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Announcement comes a week after President Donald J. Donald Trump urged China to act on the threat of North Korea's weapons testing Announcement comes a week after President Donald J. Donald Trump urged China to act on the threat of North Korea's weapons testing
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A week after President Donald J. Donald Trump urged China to act on the threat of North Korea's ongoing weapons testing, Beijing announced that it will send a special envoy to Pyongyang this week. A week after President Donald J. Donald Trump urged China to act on the threat of North Korea's ongoing weapons testing, Beijing announced that it will send a special envoy to Pyongyang this week.
<a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/15/c_136753868.htm">Xinhua, China's state-owned news agency, reported</a> on Wednesday morning that Song Tao, head of the Chinese government's Central Committee's International Department, will fly as a special envoy to North Korea on Friday. <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/15/c_136753868.htm">Xinhua, China's state-owned news agency, reported</a> on Wednesday morning that Song Tao, head of the Chinese government's Central Committee's International Department, will fly as a special envoy to North Korea on Friday.
The report says Song will inform the North Korean government of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/24/asia/china/xi-jinping-thought-enshrined-making-his-philosophy-party-dogma/10967/">held in October</a>, but didn’t mention North Korea's Nuclear program. The report says Song will inform the North Korean government of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/24/asia/china/xi-jinping-thought-enshrined-making-his-philosophy-party-dogma/10967/">held in October</a>, but didn’t mention North Korea's Nuclear program.
<h2>Key context</h2> <h2>Key context</h2>
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<li>In<a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-trump-asia-china/in-beijing-trump-presses-china-on-north-korea-and-trade-idUKKBN1D9034"> Beijing last week</a> as part of is 12-day <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/11/03/asia/qa-china-will-test-trumps-america-first-policy/16800/">tour of Asia</a>, President Trump said that Beijing can "fix" the issue of North Korea's provocative weapons testing "quickly and easily". He urged President Xi to cut financial links with Pyongyang.</li>   <li>In<a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-trump-asia-china/in-beijing-trump-presses-china-on-north-korea-and-trade-idUKKBN1D9034"> Beijing last week</a> as part of his 12-day <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/11/03/asia/qa-china-will-test-trumps-america-first-policy/16800/">tour of Asia</a>, President Trump said that Beijing can "fix" the issue of North Korea's provocative weapons testing "quickly and easily". He urged President Xi to cut financial links with Pyongyang.</li>
<li>A series of weapons tests by Kim Jong Un's military earlier this year raised tensions in East Asia, and with Donald Trump's government. In August,<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/message-from-north-korean-missile-over-japan-loud-and-clear-trump-idUSKCN1B8283"> North Korea fired a missile</a> over Japan, in what Trump called a "threatening and destabilizing" move.</li>   <li>A series of weapons tests by Kim Jong Un's military earlier this year raised tensions in East Asia. In August,<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/message-from-north-korean-missile-over-japan-loud-and-clear-trump-idUSKCN1B8283"> North Korea fired a missile</a> over Japan, in what Trump called a "threatening and destabilizing" move.</li>
<li>The trip will be the<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china/senior-chinese-diplomat-to-visit-north-korea-as-envoy-of-xi-idUSKBN1DF0DN"> first high-level Chinese visit</a> to North Korea since February 2016.</li>  <li>The trip will be the<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china/senior-chinese-diplomat-to-visit-north-korea-as-envoy-of-xi-idUSKBN1DF0DN"> first high-level Chinese visit</a> to North Korea since February 2016.</li>
<li><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-11-15/china-sending-envoy-to-north-korea-after-trump-s-beijing-visit">Tao has already visited Vietnam and Laos to formally inform about the outcomes of the 19th congress of China's Communist Party as part of its tradition of informing its neighbors who share similar political ideology</a>, according to Bloomberg.</li>  <li><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-11-15/china-sending-envoy-to-north-korea-after-trump-s-beijing-visit">Tao has already visited Vietnam and Laos to formally inform about the outcomes of the 19th congress of China's Communist Party as part of its tradition of informing its neighbors who share similar political ideology</a>, according to Bloomberg.</li>
<li>China is one of North Korea's closest allies and the Hermit Kingdom relies heavily on its neighbour for trade in food and energy. <a href="https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/china-north-korea-relationship">According to the Council on Foreign Relations</a>, a U.S. think tank, Beijing has traditionally stymied efforts to increase sanctions on North Korea or even discuss allegations of human rights abuses there.</li>  <li>China is one of North Korea's closest allies and the Hermit Kingdom relies heavily on its neighbour for trade in food and energy. <a href="https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/china-north-korea-relationship">According to the Council on Foreign Relations</a>, a U.S. think tank, Beijing has traditionally stymied efforts to increase sanctions on North Korea or even discuss allegations of human rights abuses there.</li>
<li>Earlier this year, <a style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;" href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/donald-trump-talk-trade-korea-china-visit-171105195306131.html">North Korea's nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests led even China to impose sanctions on its neighbor following international pressure</a><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">. However, China has always maintained that the issue should he resolved through negotiations rather than imposing sanctions.</span></li>  <li>Earlier this year, <a style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;" href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/donald-trump-talk-trade-korea-china-visit-171105195306131.html">North Korea's nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests led even China to impose sanctions on its neighbor following international pressure</a><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">. However, China has always maintained that the issue should he resolved through negotiations rather than imposing sanctions.</span></li>
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