Xi gets lavish N Korean reception

Xi gets lavish N Korean reception


The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, have agreed that strengthening bilateral ties, at a time of 'serious and complicated' international affairs, was good for regional peace,  the state  media said.

Xi arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday for a two-day visit, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years, to a lavish welcome that included a performance of the song 'I Love Thee, China'. Thousands of people holding up placards that formed a picture of Xi's face and the Chinese flag, lined up the route.

China is Pyongyang's  only major ally and Xi's visit is aimed at bolstering it against pressure from U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes and a breakdown in denuclearisation talks with the US.

The visit also comes a week before Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump meet at the G20 summit in Osaka amid an ongoing trade dispute.Video footage and photos released by North Korean state media showed both leaders  with wide smiles at the Pyongyang airport.

They drove through the streets in an open top limousine, and later attended a 'Mass Games' propaganda show.The show, 'Invincible Socialism', was  specially prepared for Xi.