High-level Chi­nese en­voy due to visit North Korea

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2 BEI­JING >> Fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to Bei­jing, China said to­day that it would send a high-level spe­cial en­voy to North Korea amid an ex­tended chill in re­la­tions be­tween the neigh­bors over Py­ongyang’s nu­clear weapons and mis­sile pro­grams.

Song Tao, head of China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s In­ter­na­tional De­part­ment, will travel to Py­ongyang on Fri­day to re­port on out­comes of the party’s na­tional congress held last month, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said.

Xin­hua said Song, as pres­i­dent and party leader Xi Jin­ping’s spe­cial en­voy, would carry out a “visit” in ad­di­tion to de­liv­er­ing his re­port, but gave no de­tails about his itin­er­ary or meet­ings. It also made no men­tion of Trump’s trip to Bei­jing or the North’s weapons pro­grams, al­though Trump has re­peat­edly called on Bei­jing to do more to use its in­flu­ence to pres­sure Py­ongyang into al­ter­ing its be­hav­ior.

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