China's leader Xi looms large over No...

China's leader Xi looms large over North Korean anniversary

Sep 3, 2018 Read more: SFGate
BEIJING (AP) - As North Korea celebrates a major anniversary this weekend, the presence - or absence - of Chinese President Xi Jinping could highlight just how much vitality has been restored to ties between Pyongyang and its most powerful backer after a prolonged chill. A visit by Xi to North Korea for the 70th anniversary of the North's founding on Sunday is expected - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made three trips to China since March this year and has invited Xi to reciprocate - but neither side has said whether Xi will attend. China could be keen to demonstrate the strong ties it has with Pyongyang to ensure it remains a key player in efforts to dismantle the North's nuclear program.

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