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Senior Chinese diplomat to visit North Korea as envoy of Xi

From Reuters - November 14, 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese diplomat will visit North Korea from Friday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the government announced on Wednesday, amid continued tensions over Pyongyangs nuclear and missile programs.

China has repeatedly pushed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but in recent months has had only limited high-level exchanges with North Korea. February last year was the last time Chinas special envoy for North Korea visited the country.

In a brief dispatch, the official Xinhua news agency said Song Tao, who heads the ruling Communist Partys external affairs department, would leave for North Korea on Friday.

He will inform the DPRK of the 19th CPC National Congress and visit the DPRK, Xinhua said, using the Norths official name and also referring to the recently concluded Communist Party Congress in China where Xi further cemented his power.

North Koreas KCNA news agency confirmed the visit, but said only that it would take place soon.

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