China's Xi hopes USA, N. Korea will 'meet halfway'

Kim Jong Un's motorcade heads out on day 2 of China trip

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrapped up his four-day visit to China on Wednesday after holding talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and touring an economic zone, while the United States maintains its silence over the two leaders' meeting.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua did not mention the invitation, but said Beijing supported Pyongyang's continued efforts on denuclearisation, and called for the United States and North Korea to meet "halfway", advocating concessions from both sides to reach an agreement at the planned second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

The report came as Kim returned to Pyongyang after a trip to China, where he held talks with Xi and visited an economic development area in Beijing.

The global community expects peaceful dialogue on the fate of the Korean peninsula to continue and yield results, Xi told Kim during the North Korean leader's fourth visit to China in the past 12 months, according to the Xinhua report.

Kim Jong-un visits a Tong Ren Tang pharmaceutical plant in Yizhuang, Beijing on Wednesday.

Kim's trip to China this week followed reports of advanced negotiations for a second summit between Washington and Pyongyang aimed at resolving the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. Beyond confirming his presence in Beijing, there has been no detail provided from either the North Korean or Chinese side on his schedule.

Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang's sole major diplomatic friend, reportedly visiting a factory and meeting President Xi Jinping.

North Korea wants relief from the multiple sets of sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs, while the United States wants them to remain in place until it gives up its arms - something Pyongyang has made no public promise to do.

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During his annual New Year's Day address last week, Kim said it was his "firm will" that North Korea will no longer produce or test nuclear weapons.

He also credited President Xi Jinping with helping reduce regional tensions, saying "the Korean Peninsula situation has been easing since a year ago, and China's important role in this process is obvious to all".

Trump said: "I think at some point we are going to end up doing something great for China and great for the United States".

"Xi Jinping said that the legitimate issues raised by the DPRK are rightful demands and that he fully agrees that the DPRK's reasonable interests should be justly resolved", it said, using the official country name the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"Political settlement of the (Korean) Peninsula issue faces a rare historic opportunity", Xi said during Kim's visit to the Chinese capital, according to Xinhua.

Kim is accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju and leading officials, according to North Korean state news.

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Xi re-asserted China's importance in the diplomatic process surrounding the Korean peninsula, Xinhua said, quoting him as saying that Beijing stands ready to "play a positive and constructive role in maintaining peace and stability and realizing denuclearization on the peninsula and lasting peace and stability in the region".

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