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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at Singapore’s Changi Airport on June 10. (Provided by the Singapore Government)   © Kyodo
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Kim flies in for summit on Chinese plane, in victory for Xi

Choice of transportation and route had stakeholders on the edge of their seats

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | North Korea

TOKYO -- Just before 3 p.m. on Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed at Singapore's Changi Airport on an Air China 747 airplane provided by Beijing.

As the world awaits whether Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump will agree on denuclearization or an end to the Korean War at Tuesday's summit, Kim's use of a Chinese aircraft and the route he took to Singapore has provoked interest among China watchers. One analyst said it reflected a "tug of war" behind the scenes between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump.

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