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At second meeting with Kim, Xi stakes China's claim in nuclear talks

Xi Jinping holds talks with Kim Jong-un in China on May 7–8.
President Xi Jinping holds talks with Kim Jong-un in Dalian, China, on May 8. Xinhua/Ju Peng via Getty Images

Kim Jong-un's second visit to China in 40 days, following his March 28 meeting with President Xi, demonstrates that the two leaders continue to work together as closely as “lips and teeth,” a metaphor long used to describe the relationship between North Korea and China.

Why it matters: With U.S. pressure mounting, Kim needs to ensure China’s support before meeting with Trump, while China wants to show that it is still a key player. The two leaders doubtless exchanged views and coordinated strategy.