North Korean and Chinese flags fly on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang PYONGYANG - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pyongyang Thursday during a historic visit to burnish an uneasy alliance, with the two men each facing challenges of their own with US President Donald Trump.With the North's nuclear negotiations with the US at a standstill, Kim told his country's key diplomatic supporter and main provider of trade and aid that he was "willing to be patient", Chinese state media reported, but wanted "the parties concerned" to meet him halfway. Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years, after relations between the Cold War era allies deteriorated over Pyongyang's nuclear provocations and Beijing's subsequent backing of UN sanctions.But Kim ensured that Xi was the first head of state he met as he embarked on a flurry of diplomacy last year, and has now visited his older ally four times in China.Pyongyang has … [Read more...] about Kim and Xi in Pyongyang talks as both face standoffs with Trump
PYONGYANG: Chinese President Xi Jinping's forthcoming visit to North Korea this week was in the news in Pyongyang Tuesday (Jun 18), but in the country where Kim Jong Un comes first, it only just made the front page.The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, made it the fourth item on page one, in a highlight box but without a picture."Xi Jinping to visit DPRK", read the headline, using the North's formal name.The one-sentence story said that Xi would be making a state visit "at the invitation of Kim Jong Un", giving both men's national and party titles.The trip by the leader of the North's key diplomatic ally and main provider of trade and aid has long been awaited, and comes after Kim travelled to China four times for meetings with Xi.But the Rodong Sinmun's top item is always about Kim, and it led Tuesday with news that the Venezuelan city of Naguanagua had awarded him its top honour to mark the one-year anniversary of his Singapore summit … [Read more...] about Read all about it: Xi visit on Pyongyang front pages
SEOUL: As the Korean War raged eight of Pyongyang's young heroes - all members of the North's new elite, destined for a life of privilege and power - left for Moscow to study at a prestigious film school. They never returned.Scattered to the corners of the Soviet Union after they chose asylum and exile to denounce the personality cult around the North's founder Kim Il Sung, they lived as authors and filmmakers, forever separated from friends and family."We call the places we are born our homes," wrote one, Han Tae Yong, in a short story."There should be a separate word for the places we die, a word that sounds as fond as the word 'home' does."Now their lives have been made the subject of a documentary by South Korean scholar and filmmaker Kim So-young, Goodbye My Love North Korea.In a peninsula defined by the split between North and South, it highlights the Korean diaspora and the impact of separation from a unique perspective.Known as the Moscow 8, the group were chosen by … [Read more...] about Moscow 8: The North Korean filmmakers who defied Pyongyang
TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Japan and the United States must strive for the stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, while maintaining a firm relationship. It is greatly significant that the leaders of the two countries affirmed the importance of close cooperation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met US President Donald Trump for summit talks, and they agreed to accelerate new bilateral trade negotiations. The United States has strained relations with China and Europe mainly due to prolonged trade friction. If a rift also occurs in the Japan-US relationship, the global economy's uncertainty about the future could increase further. The fact that the two leaders did not bring to the surface conflicts over trade issues, among other matters, can be said to be appropriate. Abe stressed at the talks that Japan and the United States should proceed with negotiations that would be win-win for them both. His remarks show his willingness to establish rules that will … [Read more...] about Japan, US should strengthen framework of free trade: Yomiuri Shimbun
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?