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N Korea at crossroads

Xi set to pull Kim Jong Un out of his shell

US-China trade war prompts surprising early summit in North Korea

TOKYO -- President Xi Jinping of China will make his first visit to North Korea on June 20-21, state media in both countries said Monday, catching experts on bilateral relations off guard.

The announcement was a surprise because North Korea is seen to have moved into a shell since the breakdown of talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February, said a diplomatic source.

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