Kim Jong-un drinks a toast with Xi Jinping in Beijing in June. Despite the close ties between the two, Xi will not be travelling to North Korea for Sunday’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Photo: AP
Edward Howell
Opinion

Opinion

Edward Howell

There’s no point asking why Xi Jinping isn’t going to North Korea. A better question is: what would he achieve by doing so?

At first sight the Chinese President’s decision not to attend his neighbour’s 70th anniversary celebrations may look like a snub. But Edward Howell argues there is little to gain and more to lose from doing so

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Kim Jong-un drinks a toast with Xi Jinping in Beijing in June. Despite the close ties between the two, Xi will not be travelling to North Korea for Sunday’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Photo: AP
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