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Chinese to send special envoy to North Korea Chinese to send special envoy to North Korea
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The news comes a week after Trump urged China to "fix" the North Korea issue The news comes a week after Trump urged China to "fix" the North Korea issue
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A week after President Donald J. Donald Trump urged China <a href="https://www.apnews.com/6f9c70145d174680bd7c108f8c5f7e66">to "work" on the threat</a> of North Korea, Beijing announced that it will send a special envoy to Pyongyang this week. A week after President Donald J. Donald Trump urged China <a href="https://www.apnews.com/6f9c70145d174680bd7c108f8c5f7e66">to "work" on the threat</a> of North Korea, 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 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. 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.
Xinhua's brief report said Song will "inform" the North Korean government about 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> The announcement of Song's trip did not mention North Korea's nuclear program. Xinhua's brief report said Song will "inform" the North Korean government about 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> The announcement of Song's trip did not mention North Korea's nuclear program.
When asked about whether the timing of Song's visit to North Korea related to President Trump's visit, <a href="http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/fyrbt_673021/t1510892.shtml">Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang</a> said that the main purpose of the visit will be to inform North Korea about the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and also exchange views on the issues of common concerns between the two countries and the two parties--CPC and the Workers' Party of Korea.  When asked about whether the timing of Song's visit to North Korea related to President Trump's visit, <a href="http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/fyrbt_673021/t1510892.shtml">Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang</a> told a press conference that the main purpose of the visit will be to inform North Korea about the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and also exchange views on the issues of common concerns between the two countries.
He hinted that his visit is unlikely to discuss the nuclear issue. "Song Tao will be visiting as the special envoy of General Secretary Xi Jinping. The visit is the convention that the two countries have been doing for years," Geng told reporters during a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  
  He <a href="http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/fyrbt_673021/t1510892.shtml">did not directly respond to questions</a> about whether the nuclear issue would be discussed. "Song Tao will be visiting as the special envoy of General Secretary Xi Jinping. The visit is the convention that the two countries have been doing for years," Geng told reporters during a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
<a style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem;color: #008d6f" 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><span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">, according to Bloomberg.</span>  <a style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem; color: #008d6f;" 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><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">, according to Bloomberg.</span>
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. 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.
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>, 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. 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>, 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.
China has always maintained that the nuclear issue should be resolved through negotiations rather than imposing sanctions. China has always maintained that the nuclear issue should be resolved through negotiations rather than imposing sanctions.
China is one of North Korea's closest allies and the Hermit Kingdom relies heavily on its neighbor 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. China is one of North Korea's closest allies and the Hermit Kingdom relies heavily on its neighbor 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.
However, <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 earlier this year led China to impose sanctions on its neighbor following international pressure</a><span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">. </span>  However, <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 earlier this year led China to impose sanctions on its neighbor following international pressure</a><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">. </span>
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