Leading up to the upcoming November six-party talks over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Chinese President Hu Jintao traveled to meet with Kim Jong Il. The Associated Press reports:
"Hu's trip comes amid U.S. pressure on Beijing to do more to get its communist ally to stop developing nuclear weapons.
The agency said Hu arrived in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, at midday. Hu was accompanied by China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and other officials, it said.
Li spoke by phone Thursday night with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the foreign ministry said. It said they discussed international affairs but gave no details.
The visit is the first by a top Chinese leader since 2001 and is due to last through Sunday. It comes as China is trying to organize a new round of six-nation talks in November on demands that North Korea give up nuclear development."
This clearly demonstrates China's willingness to take a more complex and personal diplomatic approach to an issue that is at the forefront of US, Japan and South Korea's foreign policy discussions. If China's president can reach an agreement with the North Korean leader that actually lasts through the talks, it will greatly increase China's position in Asia by helping solve an international issue of great importance.
Time will tell, but Dawn's Early Light wishes the Chinese well in their diplomacy to move North Korea away from giving the region one more reason for an increase in military spending.