Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit

All the explosive cartoons before and after Trump's bromance, er, summit with Kim Jong Un

North Korea's Kim visiting China on June 19-20 – state media

Despite the drama, the Trump-Kim summit did happen-and Trump made his startling announcement, even calling the exercises "provocative", using a word deployed by Pyongyang and Beijing.

Mr. Trump has said he wants quick action after the achievement of a four-point joint statement at the summit committing to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the pursuit of improved relations between Washington and Pyongyang - potentially toward the lifting us sanctions on North Korea.

China has only confirmed previous visits after the North Korean leader had left the country.

Suddenly a global traveler, or at least a regional one, Kim Jong-un just arrived in Beijing for the third time this year in the wake of the summit meeting with Donald Trump.

According to the 2015 report The Military Balance, published by the United Kingdom -based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), North Korea has 1.19 million active duty troops to South Korea's 655,000, and 21,000 artillery pieces to South Korea's 11,000. A motorcade including sedans, minibuses, motorcycles and a stretch limo with a golden emblem was seen leaving the airport.

On Tuesday, the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Kim and Xi holding talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Kim previously met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing and Dalien in March and May.

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Xi greeted Kim warmly, in images carried on state television. His latest meeting with Xi will likely be framed as an opportunity for the North Korean leader to brief his Chinese counterpart on the results of the U.S.

China was also briefed by USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo about the Singapore summit during his recent visit here.

China, not surprisingly, praised the Trump-Kim summit after it took place.

"It was predictable that Xi would want to get a readout of the Trump-Kim summit from Kim Jong Un directly", Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, told NK News.

Last Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a summit in Singapore during which Kim promised to work toward the "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

China, of course, is looking after its own interests.

Kim is visiting China and there is a reason for this, he said. To do that, he needs the Chinese to make such gestures.

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But as the days went by, the US and Seoul began discussions about temporarily suspending the large Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises that usually take place in August and possibly other joint drills while nuclear diplomacy with North Korea continues.

North Korea proposed to Seoul to disarm, on a trial basis, the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, the only site in the DMZ where both countries' soldiers stand nearly face to face, the South's presidential spokesman said on Friday.

He added, "I don't think anybody should doubt the unique and important role China plays in this process".

And already the enforcement of sanctions have begun to loosen.

China appears to be repeating calls for stability on the Korean Peninsula and trying to sway the US -N. After his talks with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, Pompeo stressed "the importance of China being a constructive participant in the next steps" after the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for alleged intellectual property theft.

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