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New power game unfolds in Korean Peninsula ahead of US election

Pyongyang congress and Xi's Seoul visit linked to fate of Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee plenum in Pyongyang on Aug. 19, in this photo released by North Korean Central News Agency.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A confluence of factors related to the Korean Peninsula may cause significant changes in the region's geopolitical landscape, with new political and diplomatic developments in the works.

North Korea recently decided to hold the congress of its ruling Workers' Party next January for the first time in five years, while China and South Korea agreed on an early visit to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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