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UPDATE: Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Kim Jong-un that Beijing supports a second summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump, adding that he hopes they “meet each other halfway”, according to state media.

The report by Xinhua news agency on Thursday came a day after Kim concluded an unannounced two-day trip to China, North Korea’s major diplomatic ally and primary source of aid and trade.

“Political settlement of the (Korean) Peninsula issue faces a rare historic opportunity,” Xi said during Kim’s visit to the Chinese capital, according to Xinhua.

For his part, Kim said North Korea will make efforts to “achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community” at the next summit with the United States, China’s official news agency added.

Kim said he hoped relevant sides would take North Korea’s “reasonable concerns” seriously and actively respond to them to promote a comprehensive resolution to the Korean peninsula issue.

In a report also on Thursday, North Korea’s state media KCNA said that Kim and Xi  had in-depth discussions on how to “jointly study and steer” the situation on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearisation talks. – Al Jazeera

EARLIER

Kim Jong-un has travelled to China for a fourth round of talks with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, North Korea’s state media reported on Tuesday.

The Telegraph reports that “confirmation came after media speculation that a special train carrying a high-ranking North Korean official crossed the borderinto China via the city of Dandong late on Monday night.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency later reported that Mr Kim had arrived with his wife Ri Sol Ju and top officials at Mr Xi’s invitation.

The two leaders met three times last year and Tuesday’s face-to-face talks precede a second proposed summit between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president.

Kim’s visit could signal that he is seeking Mr Xi’s views on the summit or reminding the US of North Korea’s historically strong ties with China. The North Korean leader consulted closely with Mr Xi before and after his unprecedented summit with Mr Trump in Singapore in June.”

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