FILE - In this June 10, 2018, file photo released by the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, arrives at the Changi International Airport on board a Air China flight in Singapore ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. As soon as Kim steps off the airplane China provided him for the Singapore trip, Beijing will be mindful of maintaining its influence over a Pyongyang that may feel less isolated after Trump showered Kim with praises, called him a “very talented man,” and made security concessions in return for very little. (Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore via AP, File)

After summit, China likely to remind N. Korea of close ties

June 12, 2018 - 11:59 pm

BEIJING (AP) — China has emerged a big winner at the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the U.S. president made surprising pledges to suspend war games with South Korea and eventually pull U.S. troops from there.

But analysis say as soon as Kim steps off the plane China provided him for the trip to Singapore, Beijing will be mindful of its influence over a neighbor that may now feel less isolated. China after all doesn't want Pyongyang too far in Trump's embrace.

Analysts say they expect Kim to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping fairly quickly after the summit and that Xi would remind his North Korean counterpart about China's willingness to help the North develop its economy.

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