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Kim's surprise visit may be due to China pressure

China President Xi (center) offers an elaborate welcoming ceremony to North Korea leader Kim during his secret visit March 26. Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS/Getty Images

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s journey to Beijing this week appears to have come as a surprise to the Trump administration but the White House seems to be spinning it as a positive development.

What's happening: Per the Washington Post, administration officials, who were thrown off balance when China announced it had held its own summit with Kim, debated the implications of the meeting but ultimately decided to declare it a positive result of its “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea.