Hundreds of thousands of Pyongyang residents China's President Xi

Hundreds of thousands of Pyongya

Hundreds of thousands of Pyongyang residents China's President Xi

Hundreds of thousands of Pyongyang residents line up the streets to welcome China's President Xi as he arrives in North Korea to hold talks with Kim Jong-un ahead of meeting with US President Trump at G20

  • China's President Xi landed in Pyongyang today for a two-day state visit to N. Korea to meet with Kim Jong-un 
  • Footage from Chinese state media shows residents passionately waving fake flowers to welcome President Xi
  • Xi and Kim reportedly greeted the public from a limousine before being saluted at Kim Il-sung's mausoleum
  • Trip comes days before the Chinese head of state is expected to meet with U.S. President Trump in Japan 
  • Both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with the U.S. - Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons 
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Hundreds of thousands of Pyongyang residents today lined up the streets to welcome China's President Xi Jinping for his first state visit to North Korea, according to Chinese state media.

Footage released by Beijing's state broadcaster CCTV shows men, women and children passionately waving what appears to be fake flowers as well as both countries' national flags at the airport and along the road.

Citizens reportedly swarmed to the streets between Pyongyang International Airport and Kumsusan State Guesthouse - where Xi and his wife will be staying - to get a glimpse of the Chinese President and their Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un

The two leaders waved to the public from a convertible limousine, reported China's Xinhua News Agency. 

In this image made from a video from China's state broadcaster CCTV, North Korean people and a guard of honor welcome a plane with Chinese President Xi Jinping onboard as it arrives at Pyongyang International Airport earlier today

In this image made from a video from China's state broadcaster CCTV, North Korean people and a guard of honor welcome a plane with Chinese President Xi Jinping onboard as it arrives at Pyongyang International Airport earlier today

China's President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have reportedly held talks after Xi today arrived in Pyongyang for a two-day state visit. In the file photo, Xi (right) and Kim shake hands in Beijing on January 10, 2019

China's President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have reportedly held talks after Xi today arrived in Pyongyang for a two-day state visit. In the file photo, Xi (right) and Kim shake hands in Beijing on January 10, 2019

President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan landed in Pyongyang at around noon local time and were met by Kim Jong-un and his first lady Ri Sol-ju at the airport, according to Xinhua News Agency. In the file photo, Xi (second from the right) and his first lady (far right) pose for pictures with Kim (second from the left) and his first lady (far left) in Beijing on January 10, 2019

President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan landed in Pyongyang at around noon local time and were met by Kim Jong-un and his first lady Ri Sol-ju at the airport, according to Xinhua News Agency. In the file photo, Xi (second from the right) and his first lady (far right) pose for pictures with Kim (second from the left) and his first lady (far left) in Beijing on January 10, 2019

Streets of Pyongyang have been decorated with large banners and signboards to welcome President Xi, including the one above that says 'unbreakable friendship'. President Xi yesterday penned a friendship letter for North Korean state media

Streets of Pyongyang have been decorated with large banners and signboards to welcome President Xi, including the one above that says 'unbreakable friendship'. President Xi yesterday penned a friendship letter for North Korean state media

President Xi is the first Chinese head of state to visit the reclusive country in 14 years. The two countries national flags are seen flying over the Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang in this picture taken a day before Xi's highly anticipated state visit

President Xi is the first Chinese head of state to visit the reclusive country in 14 years. The two countries national flags are seen flying over the Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang in this picture taken a day before Xi's highly anticipated state visit

A signboard in Pyongyang today reads 'Long live the unbreakable friendship and unity between the people of North Korea and China which were cemented by blood'. The North Korean capital rolled out a massive welcome ceremony for President Xi

A signboard in Pyongyang today reads 'Long live the unbreakable friendship and unity between the people of North Korea and China which were cemented by blood'. The North Korean capital rolled out a massive welcome ceremony for President Xi

President Xi is expected to talk with Kim Jong-un about the stalled negotiations with Washington over North Korea's nuclear weapons. In the picture taken today, North Korean and Chinese national flags are hoisted on a street in Pyongyang

President Xi is expected to talk with Kim Jong-un about the stalled negotiations with Washington over North Korea's nuclear weapons. In the picture taken today, North Korean and Chinese national flags are hoisted on a street in Pyongyang

The trip takes place days before President Xi is expected to meet U.S. President Trump at the G20 summit in Japan. In the picture taken today, a woman walks past North Korean and Chinese national flags hoisted on a street in Pyongyang

The trip takes place days before President Xi is expected to meet U.S. President Trump at the G20 summit in Japan. In the picture taken today, a woman walks past North Korean and Chinese national flags hoisted on a street in Pyongyang 

President Xi's state visit to North Korea comes just days before he is expected to meet with U.S. President Trump at the G20 summit in Japan. China's foreign ministry said that Xi and Trump would 'discuss whatever they want when they meet' later this month. In the file photo taken on November 9, 2017, Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Xi in Beijing

President Xi's state visit to North Korea comes just days before he is expected to meet with U.S. President Trump at the G20 summit in Japan. China's foreign ministry said that Xi and Trump would 'discuss whatever they want when they meet' later this month. In the file photo taken on November 9, 2017, Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Xi in Beijing

Kim wants to strengthen his own position against Trump and is seeking to cement China, the North's only major ally and economic lifeline, as a major player in the process. Trump and Kim Jong-un are pictured shaking hands in Hanoi in February

Kim wants to strengthen his own position against Trump and is seeking to cement China, the North's only major ally and economic lifeline, as a major player in the process. Trump and Kim Jong-un are pictured shaking hands in Hanoi in February

President Xi will be in North Korea today and tomorrow and has held talks with Kim Jong-un soon after his arrival. He is the first Chinese head of state to visit the reclusive country in 14 years. 

The trip takes place days before President Xi is expected to meet U.S. President Trump at the G20 summit in Japan.

President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan landed in Pyongyang at around noon local time and were met by Kim Jong-un and his first lady Ri Sol-ju at the airport, reported China's Xinhua News Agency. 

Xi, his wife Peng Liyuan and senior Chinese officials were greeted with a 21-gun salute at a huge arrival ceremony. 

Nearly 10,000 civilians went to the airport to welcome President Xi, reported Xinhua. '[They] formed orderly lines and waved bouquets of flowers with strength. [They] welcome the arrival of the distinguished Chinese guests with cheerful slogans and passionate smiles,' the news agency wrote in a report about its president's state visit to 'good comrade' and 'good neighbour'

Nearly 10,000 civilians went to the airport to welcome President Xi, reported Xinhua. '[They] formed orderly lines and waved bouquets of flowers with strength. [They] welcome the arrival of the distinguished Chinese guests with cheerful slogans and passionate smiles,' the news agency wrote in a report about its president's state visit to 'good comrade' and 'good neighbour'

Xi and Kim reportedly rode the same limousine to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum for Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il. In the picture taken today, two men hold the two countries' national flags near Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

Xi and Kim reportedly rode the same limousine to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum for Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il. In the picture taken today, two men hold the two countries' national flags near Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

Xi and Kim, two Communist leaders, were said to be saluted by senior party leaders of North Korea and representatives of Pyongyang residents at Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, reported Xinhua. A man holding a bunch of flowers walks past the portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang today

Xi and Kim, two Communist leaders, were said to be saluted by senior party leaders of North Korea and representatives of Pyongyang residents at Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, reported Xinhua. A man holding a bunch of flowers walks past the portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang today

Xi and Kim held talks in the North Korean capital this afternoon, said Xinhua without giving further details. The topic of the stalled nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington was expected to be on the agenda. In the picture taken today, two men walk on a street where North Korean and Chinese national flags are hoisted in Pyongyang

Xi and Kim held talks in the North Korean capital this afternoon, said Xinhua without giving further details. The topic of the stalled nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington was expected to be on the agenda. In the picture taken today, two men walk on a street where North Korean and Chinese national flags are hoisted in Pyongyang

Chinese visitors look toward the North's side at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea today as their leader President Xi arrives in North Korea for a state visit and talks with Kim Jong-un

Chinese visitors look toward the North's side at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea today as their leader President Xi arrives in North Korea for a state visit and talks with Kim Jong-un

In a public letter to North Korea yesterday, Xi said that Beijing would strengthen and further develop its friendship with Pyongyang 'no matter how the international situation changes'. A group of students walk past a Chinese flag in Pyongyang

In a public letter to North Korea yesterday, Xi said that Beijing would strengthen and further develop its friendship with Pyongyang 'no matter how the international situation changes'. A group of students walk past a Chinese flag in Pyongyang

The streets and airport of Pyongyang were decorated with large signboards and banners that bore slogans celebrating the friendship between China and North Korea. 

One of them said 'The friendship between North Korea and China is evergreen' while another one read 'Long live the unbreakable friendship and unity between the people of North Korea and China which were cemented by blood'.

Nearly 10,000 civilians went to the airport to welcome President Xi, reported Xinhua. 

'[They] formed orderly lines and waved bouquets of flowers with strength. [They] welcome the arrival of the distinguished Chinese guests with cheerful slogans and passionate smiles,' the news agency wrote.   

Xi and Kim reportedly rode the same limousine to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum for North Korea's founding father Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il.

There, the two Communist leaders were said to be saluted by senior party leaders of North Korea and representatives of Pyongyang residents. Xinhua reported that this was the first time any foreign head of state had been given such a ceremony at the sacred palace.

President Xi also said that the traditional friendship between the two countries had greatly benefited their people and written a much praised tale on the international stage. A bus is pictured passing a Chinese flag at Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang

President Xi also said that the traditional friendship between the two countries had greatly benefited their people and written a much praised tale on the international stage. A bus is pictured passing a Chinese flag at Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang 

A Xinhua commentary said China could play a unique and constructive role in breaking the cycle of mistrust between North Korea and the United States so the two countries can work out a roadmap to achieve denuclearisation. Both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with Washington - Xi over tariffs and Kim over his nuclear weapons

A Xinhua commentary said China could play a unique and constructive role in breaking the cycle of mistrust between North Korea and the United States so the two countries can work out a roadmap to achieve denuclearisation. Both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with Washington - Xi over tariffs and Kim over his nuclear weapons

A public television screen shows an op-ed text by China's leader Xi Jinping published by North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper in a public square in Pyongyang yesterday. Xi vowed to support his 'good comrade' and 'good neighbour'

A public television screen shows an op-ed text by China's leader Xi Jinping published by North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper in a public square in Pyongyang yesterday. Xi vowed to support his 'good comrade' and 'good neighbour'

A general view shows the Chinese People's volunteer Army Memorial Friendship Tower in Pyongyang. Xinhua said both North Korea and the U.S. 'need to have reasonable expectations and refrain from imposing unilateral and unrealistic demands'

A general view shows the Chinese People's volunteer Army Memorial Friendship Tower in Pyongyang. Xinhua said both North Korea and the U.S. 'need to have reasonable expectations and refrain from imposing unilateral and unrealistic demands'

Xi and Kim held talks in the North Korean capital this afternoon, said Xinhua without giving further details. The topic of the stalled nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington was expected to be on the agenda.

The summit comes as both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with the United States - Xi over trade and Kim over his nuclear weapons. 

In a public letter to his 'good comrade' and 'good neighbour' North Korea yesterday, Xi said that Beijing would strengthen and further develop its friendship with Pyongyang 'no matter how the international situation changes'. 

President Xi also said that the traditional friendship between the two countries had greatly benefited their people and written a much praised tale on the international stage.

A Xinhua commentary said China could play a unique and constructive role in breaking the cycle of mistrust between North Korea and the U.S. so they can work out a roadmap to achieve denuclearisation.

The U.S. is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons development before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach in which a step toward its denuclearisation would be matched by a concession from the U.S., notably a relaxation of economic sanctions.

U.S.-North Korea talks have been stalled since Kim and Trump had their second summit in February in Hanoi, Vietnam. Experts say Xi will likely endorse North Korea's calls for an incremental disarmament process. In the picture taken yesterday, two women walk before North Korean and Chinese flags flying on a street in Pyongyang before President Xi arrives for a state visit

U.S.-North Korea talks have been stalled since Kim and Trump had their second summit in February in Hanoi, Vietnam. Experts say Xi will likely endorse North Korea's calls for an incremental disarmament process. In the picture taken yesterday, two women walk before North Korean and Chinese flags flying on a street in Pyongyang before President Xi arrives for a state visit

Tourists from China pose for photos on Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang yesterday. President Xi's meeting with Kim would be their fifth summit since Kim entered nuclear diplomacy with the United States and South Korea early last year

Tourists from China pose for photos on Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang yesterday. President Xi's meeting with Kim would be their fifth summit since Kim entered nuclear diplomacy with the United States and South Korea early last year

North Korea and China fought together in the 1950-53 Korean War against the United States, South Korea and their allies, but there has been friction in recent years, especially over the North's relentless push for nuclear weapons

North Korea and China fought together in the 1950-53 Korean War against the United States, South Korea and their allies, but there has been friction in recent years, especially over the North's relentless push for nuclear weapons

President Xi said in a letter published on North Korean state media that the traditional friendship between Pyongyang and Beijing had greatly benefited their people and written a much praised tale on the international stage

President Xi said in a letter published on North Korean state media that the traditional friendship between Pyongyang and Beijing had greatly benefited their people and written a much praised tale on the international stage

China backs what it calls a 'suspension for suspension' proposal. Xinhua said both sides 'need to have reasonable expectations and refrain from imposing unilateral and unrealistic demands'.

A former North Korean diplomat who defected in 2016 said he thinks Kim wants to give Xi a message to deliver to President Donald Trump when the two meet at next week's G-20 summit in Japan.

Thae Yong Ho said that Kim may offer some kind of compromise on his nuclear facilities to set up a third summit with the U.S. president. But he cautioned such a move would be only to buy time and not to denuclearize. Thae spoke at a news conference in Tokyo while promoting the Japanese translation of his book.

U.S.-North Korea talks have been stalled since Kim and Trump had their second summit in February in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Experts say Xi will likely endorse North Korea's calls for an incremental disarmament process.

His meeting with Kim would be their fifth summit since Kim entered nuclear diplomacy with the United States and South Korea early last year.

North Korea and China fought together in the 1950-53 Korean War against the United States, South Korea and their allies, but there has been friction in recent years, especially over the North's relentless push for nuclear weapons. 

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