North Korean Special Envoy Meets Chinese Official
North Korean state-run television KRT on Thursday (May 23) released a still photo of North Korean official Choe Ryong-hae, an envoy sent to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meeting a senior Chinese official.
"The Director of North Korea's General Political Bureau and the special envoy sent by dear leader Kim Jong-un, Choe Ryong-hae who is visiting China, met Wang Jiarui, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on May 22."
KRT added the meeting was held to boost bilateral relations between North Korea and China.
The delegation led by Choe, vice chairman of North Korea's top military body, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday. He is the senior-most North Korean official to visit China since Kim's kingmaker uncle Jang Song-thaek made a trip in August 2012.
Ties between Pyongyang and Beijing have been hurt by the North's third nuclear test, carried out in February, and by China agreeing to U.N. sanctions on the North and starting to put a squeeze on North Korean banks.
There were few details of Choe Ryong-hae's visit, which comes amid strained relations between China and North Korea after Beijing backed U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang for its February nuclear test.