Chinese President visited Republic of Korea (South Korea) without traditionally visiting first the North. This, according to experts, is a big snub on China-North Korea relationship.
Historically, China is one of the biggest ally of North Korea. China helped the North to prevent defeat against UN forces in the 1950s Korean Peninsula war.
However, regardless of history and ideological beliefs, China is now shifting to a more healthy South Korea-China alliance mainly in terms of economic partnership.
South Korea is China’s third biggest trading partner with a total of $220 billion two-way trade last year.
This development is probably because China is not agreeing on how Kim Jong-un is leading North Korea. China and South Korea have a common goal of denuclearizing North.
“The two heads of state agreed to further enrich China-ROK strategic partnership of cooperation and make the two countries partners committed to common development, regional peace, Asian revival and world prosperity,” said China’s Foreign Ministry.