Chi­nese diplo­mat to visit

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

Bei­jing: A se­nior Chi­nese diplo­mat will visit North Korea as a spe­cial en­voy of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, Bei­jing said, although it did not say he was plan­ning to dis­cuss North Korea’s nu­clear and bal­lis­tic pro­grammes.

China has re­peat­edly pushed for a diplo­matic so­lu­tion to the cri­sis, but in re­cent months has had only limited high­level ex­changes with North Korea. The last time China’s spe­cial en­voy for North Korea vis­ited the coun­try was in Fe­bru­ary last year.

The of­fi­cial Xinhua news agency said Song Tao, who heads the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s ex­ter­nal af­fairs de­part­ment, would leave for North Korea to­mor­row. — Reuters

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