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China’s Goal for Trump-Kim Talks: Ensure They Don’t Collapse

  • Trump says Xi ‘helped us a lot’ in dealing with North Korea
  • Risk for China is that failure puts war back on the agenda
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Park Strategies’ Sean King discusses President Trump’s decision to accept an invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un.(Source: Bloomberg)
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For much of the past year, China has repeatedly -- sometimes with exasperation -- called on the U.S. and North Korea to sit down and chat. Now the goal is to ensure they keep talking.

President Xi Jinping backed Donald Trump’s surprise decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying a diplomatic solution is the best way to resolve the situation. The U.S. president praised Xi over the weekend, saying he’s “helped us a lot” on North Korea. Xi is set to meet with a South Korean envoy who brokered the talks on Monday.