China's Xi sends rare message to North Korea's Kim




  • In World
  • 2017-11-02 09:58:11Z
  • By AFP
Beijing has grown increasingly frustrated by its belligerent neighbour, and rapidly backed a new set of UN measures after a flurry of missile launches by the North and its sixth nuclear test in September
Beijing has grown increasingly frustrated by its belligerent neighbour, and rapidly backed a new set of UN measures after a flurry of missile launches by the North and its sixth nuclear test in September  

Beijing (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message "out of politeness," Beijing said Thursday, in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year.

The note signalled a possible improvement in their strained relationship, which has soured over Pyongyang's growing weapons ambitions even though Beijing is its longtime ally and economic benefactor.

Xi's message, dated Wednesday, was sent in response to congratulations from Kim last week for securing a second term as the head of China's ruling party.

"I wish that under the new situation the Chinese side would make efforts with the DPRK side to promote the relations between the two parties and the two countries to sustainable soundness and stable development," Xi said, according to the North's KCNA news agency, addressing Kim as "Comrade Chairman".

In his earlier note, Kim had offered Xi his "sincere congratulations" and expressed his belief that their relations would develop "in the interests of the people of the two countries".

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing in Beijing Thursday that North Korea's message was just one among many others received. Xi had responded "out of politeness," she said.

The last time KCNA reported a message from Xi was in July 2016.

Analysts say that such exchanges have become extremely rare under the current leaders, even though Beijing and Pyongyang traditionally sent greetings and congratulations on each other's key anniversaries in the past.

Their relationship was forged in the bloodshed of the Korean War, when Mao Zedong sent millions of "volunteers" to fight US-led United Nations forces to a standstill.

Mao described the allies as close as "lips and teeth", and China has long been accused of failing to enforce United Nations sanctions against the North for its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, even after voting for them in the Security Council.

But Beijing has grown increasingly frustrated by its belligerent neighbour, and rapidly backed a new set of UN measures after a flurry of missile launches by the North and its sixth nuclear test in September.

Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul said the public exchange of messages signalled a willingness on both sides to improve relations.

"The fact that both sides are swiftly trading letters and announcing it carries a symbolic meaning," Yang told AFP.

"If the message was more intimate, we could expect a faster thawing of ties," he added, "but for now, it shows that both sides agree on the need to improve their relations".

COMMENTS

More Related News

UN General Assembly 2018: Trump forced to pause amid laughter at claims he has 'accomplished almost more than any administration'
UN General Assembly 2018: Trump forced to pause amid laughter at claims he has 'accomplished almost more than any administration'

Trump calls Iran "world's leading sponsor of terrorism" Trump earlier turned down meeting with Tehran US President was due on stage around 10am, he arrived at 10.15am What to expect from the US President's speech Donald Trump was forced to pause his UN speech amid laughter at claims he has "accomplished almost more than any administration in the history of our country". In an almost 40-minute address to the assembled United Nations General Assembly members in New York, he reserved his most stinging remarks for Iran, who he described as the "world's leading sponsor of terrorism".  He also praised his team in Washington for its work surrounding...

The Latest: Trump asserts American sovereignty in UN speech
The Latest: Trump asserts American sovereignty in UN speech
  • World
  • 2018-09-25 15:04:35Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's appearance at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):

China says hard to proceed on trade with U.S. putting
China says hard to proceed on trade with U.S. putting 'knife to its neck'

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that it is difficult to proceed with trade talks with the United States while Washington is putting "a knife to China's neck", a day after both sides heaped fresh tariffs on each other's goods. When the talks can restart would depend on the

China calls US an
China calls US an 'economic bully' as Trump imposes $200bn of trade tariffs

China has accused the US of "economic bullying" as the $200bn of trade tariffs proposed by the Trump regime came into effect today. The Beijing government issued a hard-hitting attack on President Donald Trump in a white paper it said "clarified the facts about China-US economic and trade relations".

China accuses U.S. of
China accuses U.S. of 'trade bullyism' as both sides impose fresh tariffs

Soon after the fresh duties went into effect, China accused the United States of engaging in "trade bullyism" and said it was intimidating other countries to submit to its will through measures such as tariffs, the official Xinhua news agency said. U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.