Quoted: CBC on Kim Jong Un Visit to China
Next stop, nuclear summit: How Kim Jong-un 'outflanked' Donald Trump in China before their big meeting
Former U.S. State Department official Mintaro Oba, who worked on North Korea policy in the Obama administration, believes the advancements in North Korea's nuclear program and the number of high-level talks it suddenly has on the table have girded Kim's negotiating position with China as well.
"Kim Jong-un is ticking a box before doing those summit meetings. He's tightening up unity so he has as many options going into other summits as possible," Oba said.