senior official from North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party on Tuesday
began a three-day visit to China, a move analysts said was part of
Pyongyang’s efforts to break its diplomatic predicament amid UN
Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of
China’s Central Committee, on Tuesday held talks with a visiting North
Korean delegation led by Ri Su-yong, a member of the Political Bureau of
the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the Xinhua
News Agency reported.
Saying that inter-party exchanges should continue to be strengthened,
the two sides said they highly value the traditional friendship between
China and North Korea and expressed their willingness to develop
bilateral relations and support regional peace and stability, Xinhua
Marking the first time a top official from Pyongyang has visited China
since the January nuclear test, Ri’s visit is part of Kim Jong-un’s
diplomatic efforts to cast off the country’s current isolation, analysts
Calling the visit "routine inter-party exchanges," Dong Xiangrong, a
research fellow at the National Institute of International Strategy of
the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that it is
a "tentative" move [to repair China-North Korea relations].
"Diplomatic outreach has been at the top of Kim’s agenda as Pyongyang
now faces rare challenges in terms of internal political stability," Da
Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asian Studies at the
Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global
Times on Tuesday.