Kim Jong-un treats Chinese President Xi to mass gymnastic show

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un treats Chinese President Xi to mass gymnastic show

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un treats Chinese President Xi to an extravagant entertainment gala involving more than 10,000 performers to celebrate their 'unbreakable friendship'

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last night hosted the spectacle in a stadium filled with 110,000 people
  • Kim and President Xi enjoyed the dazzling propaganda display with their wives after a two-hour state dinner
  • Huge portraits of Xi and Kim were hung in the Rungrado May Day Stadium as audience hailed the two leaders
  • Xi left Pyongyang for Beijing today after a two-day visit to the neighbouring country to hold talks with Kim 
  • Both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with the U.S. - Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons
  • Kim said in yesterday's meeting that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks 
  • Xi said his government is willing to play a constructive role in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula 
  • The Chinese leader is expected to meet with U.S. President Trump next week during the G20 summit in Japan
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last night hosted a mass gymnastic show at an 110,000-seat stadium in Pyongyang to entertain visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The extravagant gala, said to have involved more than 10,000 performers, celebrate Beijing and Pyongyang's 'unbreakable friendship' as well as the two countries' Socialist regimes.

Huge portraits of Xi and Kim were hung in the packed Rungrado May Day Stadium as the two leaders and their wives entered the arena to watch the elaborate performance at around 9:40pm, reported Chinese state news agency Xinhua. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) applauds as he talks to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) during the mass gymnastic performance at the Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang. The 110,000-seat arena was said to be packed with spectators

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) applauds as he talks to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) during the mass gymnastic performance at the Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang. The 110,000-seat arena was said to be packed with spectators

 

President Xi (second from the left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (far left) are accompanied by Kim Jong-un (second from the right) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (far right) at the Olympic-style extravaganza, which was said to involve more than 10,000 performers

President Xi (second from the left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (far left) are accompanied by Kim Jong-un (second from the right) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (far right) at the Olympic-style extravaganza, which was said to involve more than 10,000 performers

Huge portraits of Xi and Kim can be seen hung on the wall of the arena as children present flowers to the leaders and their wives. They two countries leaders enjoyed a two-hour dinner at the state banquet hall Mokran House before the gala

Huge portraits of Xi and Kim can be seen hung on the wall of the arena as children present flowers to the leaders and their wives. They two countries leaders enjoyed a two-hour dinner at the state banquet hall Mokran House before the gala

The all-singing, all-dancing propaganda display consists of four chapters, namely 'Socialism is our home', 'The Echo of Victory', 'For a better tomorrow' and 'Unbreakable Friendly'. It was created for President Xi's two-day state visit specifically

The all-singing, all-dancing propaganda display consists of four chapters, namely 'Socialism is our home', 'The Echo of Victory', 'For a better tomorrow' and 'Unbreakable Friendly'. It was created for President Xi's two-day state visit specifically

A portrait of President Xi and the national flag of the People's Republic of China appears in the stadium during the spectacle

A portrait of President Xi and the national flag of the People's Republic of China appears in the stadium during the spectacle

President Xi was in North Korea yesterday and today. He is the first Chinese head of state to visit the reclusive country in 14 years. 

The trip took place days before President Xi is expected to meet U.S. President Trump at the G20 summit in Japan. Leaders from 19 countries and the Europian Union are set to attend the annual conference in Osaka on June 28 and 29.

Last night's Olympic-style extravaganza was reportedly presented after the two Communist leaders and their first ladies enjoyed a two-hour dinner at the state banquet hall Mokran House, reported China's CCTV which also released footage of the performance.

Xi (second from the left) and Kim smile and talk as they watch the show with China's his wife Peng Liyuan (far left) and North Korea's first lady Ri Sol-ju (far right). Xi is the first Chinese head of state to visit the reclusive country in 14 years

Xi (second from the left) and Kim smile and talk as they watch the show with China's his wife Peng Liyuan (far left) and North Korea's first lady Ri Sol-ju (far right). Xi is the first Chinese head of state to visit the reclusive country in 14 years

The large-scale celebration was said to feature numerous Chinese revolutionary songs - performed by North Korean artists. It was wrapped up by a singing, dancing and fireworks presentation, titled 'The North Korea-China friendship is evergreen'

The large-scale celebration was said to feature numerous Chinese revolutionary songs - performed by North Korean artists. It was wrapped up by a singing, dancing and fireworks presentation, titled 'The North Korea-China friendship is evergreen'

Kim and Xi greet the spectators, said to total 110,000, as they walked onto a stage at the May Day Stadium. Yesterday's performance is said to feature North Korea's best singers, dancers and musicians from three state ensembles

Kim and Xi greet the spectators, said to total 110,000, as they walked onto a stage at the May Day Stadium. Yesterday's performance is said to feature North Korea's best singers, dancers and musicians from three state ensembles

The two leaders and their wives greet the performers during the entertainment gala. North Korea is well known for such presentation, called the 'Mass Games', which was created to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung

The two leaders and their wives greet the performers during the entertainment gala. North Korea is well known for such presentation, called the 'Mass Games', which was created to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung

The show was created specifically for President Xi and featured North Korea's best singers, dancers and musicians from three state ensembles, said Xinhua. 

Consisting of four chapters, namely 'Socialism is our home', 'The Echo of Victory', 'For a better tomorrow' and 'Unbreakable Friendly', the large-scale celebration was said to feature numerous Chinese revolutionary songs - performed by North Korean artists.

It was wrapped up by a singing, dancing and fireworks presentation, titled 'The North Korea-China friendship is evergreen'. 

North Korea is well known for its all-singing, all-dancing propaganda display, called the 'Mass Games'. 

Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping are pictured walking on a red carpet followed by their first ladies yesterday upon the arrival of the Chinese head of state. Pyongyang pulled out all the stops to welcome Xi, the first Chinese president to visit in 14 years

Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping are pictured walking on a red carpet followed by their first ladies yesterday upon the arrival of the Chinese head of state. Pyongyang pulled out all the stops to welcome Xi, the first Chinese president to visit in 14 years

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

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

Xi and Kim stand in a convertible limousine as they wave to the Pyongyang residents lined up to see them on the streets

Xi and Kim stand in a convertible limousine as they wave to the Pyongyang residents lined up to see them on the streets

North Korea lauded its ties with historic ally China today as Xi wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock in their negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump

North Korea lauded its ties with historic ally China today as Xi wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock in their negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump

Kim Jong-un told the Chinese president that his visit was an opportunity to demonstrate 'the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship before the world', Pyongyang's KCNA said, using the abbreviation of North Korea's official name

Kim Jong-un told the Chinese president that his visit was an opportunity to demonstrate 'the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship before the world', Pyongyang's KCNA said, using the abbreviation of North Korea's official name 

At a time when 'serious and complicated changes are happening in international and regional situations', KCNA reported, the two leaders agreed to 'promote close strategic communication' and develop their 'common interests'

At a time when 'serious and complicated changes are happening in international and regional situations', KCNA reported, the two leaders agreed to 'promote close strategic communication' and develop their 'common interests'

China always prefers stability in the region and the North's nuclear provocations strained the relationship between the Cold War allies, with Beijing backing UN sanctions on Pyongyang and Kim not visiting to pay his respects for more than six years

China always prefers stability in the region and the North's nuclear provocations strained the relationship between the Cold War allies, with Beijing backing UN sanctions on Pyongyang and Kim not visiting to pay his respects for more than six years

Chinese and North Korean officials attend a grand stage banquet hosted by Kim and his wife to welcome Xi and his first lady

Chinese and North Korean officials attend a grand stage banquet hosted by Kim and his wife to welcome Xi and his first lady

The spectacle was produced in 2002 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the country's founding father.

It was held annually from 2002 to 2013 in the May Day Stadium before running into a five-year hiatus. 

Kim re-start the show last September to welcome visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in in an unprecedented political gesture between the two rival states. 

North Korea lauded its ties with historic ally China today as Xi wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock in their negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim Jong-un told the Chinese president that his visit was an opportunity to demonstrate 'the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship before the world', Pyongyang's state news agency KCNA reported, using the abbreviation of North Korea's official name.

At a time when 'serious and complicated changes are happening in international and regional situations', KCNA said, the two leaders agreed to 'promote close strategic communication' and develop their 'common interests'.

A screen shot from news footage from Beijing's state broadcaster CCTV shows China's President Xi shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting. CCTV reported that the two leaders held talks at Kumsusan State Guesthouse

President Xi and the Chinese delegation (left) are seen meeting with Kim Jong-un and the North Korean officials (right) during the summit this afternoon. The denuclearisation talked between Pyongyang and Washington was expected to be mentioned

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (front row, left) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (back row, left) walk with China's President Xi Jinping (far right) and his first lady Peng Liyuan (back row, right) as they welcome the Chinese visiting delegation in Pyongyang today

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (front row, left) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (back row, left) walk with China's President Xi Jinping (far right) and his first lady Peng Liyuan (back row, right) as they welcome the Chinese visiting delegation in Pyongyang today

During the meeting with Xi, Kim said that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States. 'North Korea would like to remain patient, but it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea to explore resolution plans that accommodate each other's reasonable concerns,' he said, according to CCTV

During the meeting with Xi, Kim said that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States. 'North Korea would like to remain patient, but it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea to explore resolution plans that accommodate each other's reasonable concerns,' he said, according to CCTV

Xi said his government is willing to play a constructive role in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. 'The international community expects the U.S. and North Korea to continue to talk and achieve results,' he said, according CCTV

Xi said his government is willing to play a constructive role in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. 'The international community expects the U.S. and North Korea to continue to talk and achieve results,' he said, according CCTV

During yesterday's talks with Xi, Kim said that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.

'North Korea would like to remain patient, but it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea to explore resolution plans that accommodate each other's reasonable concerns,' he said, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Xi's trip raises the possibility that China could help break a prolonged impasse in talks between the U.S. and North Korea over the North's nuclear weapons.

Describing the issue as 'highly complex and sensitive,' Xi said his government is willing to play a constructive role in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

'The international community expects the U.S. and North Korea to continue to talk and achieve results,' he said, according CCTV.

Xi and Kim agreed to join hands and create 'a beautiful future' for the two countries and parties from a new historical stand point, the report said.  

China's President Xi and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have met with each other for five times since March, 2018

China's President Xi and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have met with each other for five times since March, 2018 

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

More than 250,000 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

More than 250,000 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

News footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) being greeted in Pyongyang by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is shown on a large screen in Beijing. The two leaders met today at Kumsusan State Guesthouse, reported China's state media CCTV

News footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) being greeted in Pyongyang by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is shown on a large screen in Beijing. The two leaders met today at Kumsusan State Guesthouse, reported China's state media CCTV

Xi and Kim have vowed to work together to create a 'beautiful future' for the two countries and their parties during the meeting today, said CCTV. In the picture taken today, a man (left) waits for a taxi while watching the news footage in Beijing

Xi and Kim have vowed to work together to create a 'beautiful future' for the two countries and their parties during the meeting today, said CCTV. In the picture taken today, a man (left) waits for a taxi while watching the news footage in Beijing

A television screen shows Chinese state media CCTV's footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's meeting with Chinese President Xi in Pyongyang at a street in Beijing. President Xi has held talks with Kim ahead of his meeting with Trump

A television screen shows Chinese state media CCTV's footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's meeting with Chinese President Xi in Pyongyang at a street in Beijing. President Xi has held talks with Kim ahead of his meeting with Trump

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

Pyongyang pulled out all the stops to welcome Xi, the first Chinese president to visit in 14 years - a period in which Pyongyang has carried out five nuclear tests and launched missiles capable of reaching the entire US mainland.

More than 250,000 Pyongyang residents reportedly swarmed to the streets to get a glimpse of the Chinese President and their Supreme Leader as they waved to the public from a convertible limousine, reported Xinhua. 

China always prefers stability in its neighbourhood and the North's nuclear provocations strained the relationship between the Cold War allies, with Beijing backing UN sanctions on Pyongyang and Kim not visiting to pay his respects for more than six years after inheriting power.

But as he embarked on a flurry of diplomacy last year, Kim ensured that Xi - whose country is the North's key diplomatic supporter and main provider of trade and aid - was the first head of state he met.

Kim travelled to China three more times to meet Xi, and Pyongyang has been increasingly keen for the Chinese president to reciprocate.

Analysts say Xi, who left Pyongyang this afternoon local time, intended to use the trip as a signal to Trump of his influence with Kim, a week before the G20 summit in Japan.

The world's top two economies are embroiled in protracted trade war and their leaders are expected to meet in Osaka.

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 

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