DPRK's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho (Photo: Reuters)

During the visit, Mr. Ri Yon-ho will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on ways of strengthening bilateral ties. The two Foreign Ministers are expected to exchange opinions on a planned second US-DPRK summit that potentially could take place in January or February next year.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang, Ri's three-day visit will play a positive role in further implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.

He added that the trip will promote the growth of bilateral ties and enhance communication and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula issue and other matters.

China is DPRK’s most important economic and diplomatic backer. Relations between Pyongyang and Beijing witnessed an upward trend this year, following DPRK leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to the country three times, and meeting Chinese President Xi Jin-ping on all those occasions. The two leaders held talks on ways to improve bilateral ties and DPRK’s denuclearization issue./.

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