Analysts look into Chinese nuclear envoy's visit to Pyongyang this week
Amid easing tensions on the Korean peninsula against the backdrop of a series of inter-Korean dialogue, China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei has landed in Pyongyang to hold talks with his North Korean counterparts.
Although the purpose of the visit is not yet known, many experts see it as part of Beijing's efforts to re-engage North Korea in dialogue with other regional powers, in order to further enhance stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Wu is widely expected to hold talks with the North's first vice foreign minister and the point man on nuclear issues, Kim Kye-gwan and one of the vice ministers, Ri Yong-ho.
Diplomatic sources in Beijing say that China would not make empty visits at a time like this, and it's highly likely that the North may offer its communist ally some sort of a surprise gift -- a gift Beijing could use as leverage to pressure Seoul and Washington into resuming dialogue with the North on its pending nuclear issue.
And as his visit comes before the tenth anniversary of the start of the stalled six-party nuclear talks, experts also say that reopening of the multilateral talks could be on the table.
"The need for resumption of the six-party talks already seems to have been discussed between the two sides when Vice President of the People's Republic of China Li Yuanchao visited Pyongyang in July. I believe details of the talks will likely be addressed this time."
However, some experts point out it won't be easy for China to bring the North and other regional powers, especially the U.S. and Japan together, as the two nations firmly assert that North Korea should first show promising behavior before nuclear talks can resume.
Meanwhile, U.S. point man on North Korea policy Glyn Davies and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will embark on an Asia trip to South Korea China and Japan early next month.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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