China reaffirmed its support of North Korea on Tuesday September 3rd as its foreign minister Wang Yi visited Pyongyang, on a three-day trip which started on Monday. The trips aims to maintain "close communication" with its longstanding ally in the face of deadlocked nuclear talks with Washington, AFP has reported.
Wang told his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho that Beijing was ready "to promote... close communication and cooperation on the international stage", China's foreign ministry said Tuesday in a statement.
Beijing and Pyongyang have "always been in the same boat and moving forward side by side", Wang noted.
North Korean foreign minister said that North Korea is willing to work with China to "promote greater development" of their relations in the "new era", according to the document.
Beijing has long been North Korea's key diplomatic supporter and main provider of trade and aid, and while relations deteriorated over Pyongyang's nuclear provocations and China's subsequent backing of UN sanctions, the two have since worked to repair their relationship.
Since March 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met five times, in an attempt to support Pyongyang's diplomacy with Washington.
Pyongyang and Washington are engaged in a long-running diplomatic process over the North's nuclear programmes. A little progress has been made but those talks have been deadlocked after a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February.
They agree to restart talks at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, but that working-level dialogue has yet to begin.
China always prefers stability in its neighbourhood and officially supports talks between the North and the US.