Up until recently, talks of the US-Korean summit have only been between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States. It has largely left out Japan and China. That is, until last week when Kim Jong Un made a secret trip to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders have never concealed their dislike for each other, so what is their relationship dynamic now? Why the urgent trip to Beijing before Kim’s official talks with South Korea and the U.S.? Some say it’s a warning to the U.S. and South Korea that they have no control over China’s alliance with North Korea. Although President Trump tweeted optimistically when he heard about the Beijing meeting, what was really on his mind, and what role does the US-China trade war have in all of this, if any? And who will win the economic pain game between the US and China? We’ll explore these questions and more this episode of Zooming In.
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