Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea next month-Straits Times

China is North Korea’s most important trading partner. (AFP/File)
Updated 18 August 2018
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Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea next month-Straits Times

  • It will be the Chinese leader’s first visit to the North Korean capital since he took power in 2012
  • This week, the United States imposed sanctions on Chinese firms for exporting alcohol and cigarette products to North Korea in breach of those sanctions

SHANGHAI: Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Pyongyang next month at the invitation of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported.
It will be the Chinese leader’s first visit to the North Korean capital since he took power in 2012, and 13 years after the last visit by a Chinese President, when Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao visited in 2005, the newspaper said on Saturday.
The Straits Times did not say where it obtained the information and the Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
North Korea’s celebrations are set to take place on Sept. 9 and the Straits Times said that Xi’s visit could still be subject to last-minute changes.
China is the reclusive country’s most important trading partner and Kim has visited China three times so far this year during which he has held talks with Xi on improving cooperation between the two countries and economic reforms.
The United States has stepped up sanctions on North Korea to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program. This week, the United States imposed sanctions on Chinese firms for exporting alcohol and cigarette products to North Korea in breach of those sanctions.


UK foreign minister Hunt urges EU: Get serious in Brexit talks

Updated 3 min 47 sec ago
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UK foreign minister Hunt urges EU: Get serious in Brexit talks

  • Hunt said that people in Britain were increasingly content to leave the bloc without a deal
  • UK PM May said talks had hit an impasse and demanded new proposals and respect from EU leaders

LONDON: British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that the European Union should end its blanket refusals of British proposals in Brexit talks, as any belief that Britain would capitulate was misplaced.
Hunt, who voted ‘remain’ in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, said that people in Britain were increasingly content to leave the bloc without a deal, a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said talks had hit an impasse and demanded new proposals and respect from EU leaders.
“If the EU’s view is that just by saying no to every proposal made by the United Kingdom, we will eventually capitulate and end up either with a Norway option or indeed staying in the EU, if that is there view then they’ve profoundly misjudged he British people,” Hunt told BBC radio.
“We may be polite, but we have a bottom line. And so they need to engage with us now in seriousness.”