Tuesday 20 August 2019

Chinese envoy completes visit to North Korea amid heightened tension

Choe Ryong Hae, left, vice chairman of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling party shakes hands with Song Tao, the head of China's ruling Communist Party's international liaison department (AP)
Choe Ryong Hae, left, vice chairman of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling party shakes hands with Song Tao, the head of China's ruling Communist Party's international liaison department (AP)

A high-level Chinese envoy has wrapped up a four-day trip to North Korea amid heightened tension over Pyongyang's military programme.

Song Tao, the highest-ranking official to go to Pyongyang in two years, was officially tasked with briefing the North Korean government on China's recent party congress.

Neither side had commented on the tone of the visit as Mr Song wrapped up his official itinerary on Monday.

But his trip was being watched closely because it came on the heels of US president Donald Trump's Asian tour and heightened efforts to push the North to abandon its development of nuclear weapons.

Mr Song, head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Department, met with North Korean ruling party vice chairman Choe Ryong Hae and former foreign minister Ri Su Yong.

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