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Chinese President to Skip North Korean Anniversary Event

Chinese President Xi Jinping's decision to turn down a reported invitation to attend a military parade in North Korea and celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the isolated state may have helped him dodge problems on several fronts.  Were Xi to attend this weekend's events, as had been widely speculated in the South Korean media, analysts say that not only could it have fed into Washington's frustrations over a lack of progress toward denuclearization on the peninsula, but it could have heightened already tense relations on the trade front as well. And if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rolls out new military hardware as some expect — particularly weapons of mass destruction such as an ICBM — Xi's attendance could have sent other messages as well. "It would not be very appropriate for Chairman Xi to appear on the podium standing next to Kim Jong Un under those circumstances," said Zhao Tong, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. "That also could be interpreted as China indirectly recognizing North Korea's nuclear status." Sun Yun is the co-director of the East Asia program and director of the China program at the Stimson Center, a research group in Washington. She said concerns include what military hardware will be on display this Sunday when Pyongyang marks its anniversary, and increased trade tensions. There also are some practical reasons as well, she says, noting that if Xi had gone, the trip would've come at the end of an eventful week. From last weekend through Thursday, Xi had been busy meeting with a long line of African leaders. Beijing also hosted the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation on Monday and Tuesday. Sun said Xi is likely to go to Pyongyang in the future, probably when the situation has changed. If and... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Chinese President to Skip North Korean Anniversary Event, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Chinese President to Skip North Korean Anniversary Event

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 7 September, 2018

 

 

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