In this image taken from CCTV video footage, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Beijing this week. Photo: CCTV via AP Video

The real reasons behind Xi Jinping’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Donald Kirk says a looming trade war with the US, Japan’s shift to the right, and the continuing challenges to China’s geopolitical position in the region are all part of the calculations that convinced Xi a meeting was necessary. On Kim’s part, easing crippling UN sanctions on his country must be part of his agenda

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In this image taken from CCTV video footage, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Beijing this week. Photo: CCTV via AP Video
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.