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20 November 2017, 12:26 | Bernice Figueroa
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Trump fueled the speculation by tweeting Thursday, "China is sending an Envoy and Delegation to North Korea - A big move, we'll see what happens!"
China has repeatedly pushed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles to carry them, but in recent months it has had only limited high-level exchanges with North Korea.
The influential state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said in an editorial that it was unwise to expect too much from his trip, saying his key mission was to inform North Korea about the recently concluded Communist Party Congress in Beijing.
CHINA has dispatched a special envoy to North Korea for the first time in years in a bid to curb tyrant Kim Jong-un's growing ambition of becoming a nuclear power.
She returned to South Korea after a six-day visit to Washington and NY for meetings with USA officials, lawmakers and scholars, as well as to attend various events.
But experts doubt Song's visit will yield major breakthroughs.
Pyongyang-China has hailed the "traditional friendship" with North Korea as "valuable wealth" for both nations, emphasizing the need to further promote bilateral relations as Beijing's envoy visits Pyongyang amid tensions over the North's military program.
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Song has already visited Vietnam and Laos to inform them of the results of the congress, a typical courtesy China extends other communist countries after such important meetings.
The North's official Rodong Sinmun reported Sunday that the Central Committee of the Workers' Party hosted a banquet Saturday evening for Song, without further details, such as whether the Chinese official would meet Kim.
"They said that the traditional friendship between China and North Korea was founded and cultivated by both countries former old leaders, and is valuable wealth for the two peoples", the department said. They exchanged views about the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, and bilateral relations, the KCNA said. He would also convey the contents of Mr. Xi's discussions with Mr. Trump about North Korea, according to media reports.
"Song is not a magician", the Chinese mouthpiece said.
"The key to easing the situation on the peninsula lies in the hands of Washington and Pyongyang".
The trip comes about a week after US President Donald Trump held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing as part of his 5-nation tour of Asia and said they agreed to "increase economic pressure until North Korea abandons its reckless and risky path".
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