What could the experienced and well-versed man who leads China today, and whose choices ultimately guarantee the existence of the reign of the young Kim Jong-un, do when the latter seemed to be setting up historic meetings with everyone else but him? Call him to his house.
Xi Jinping did just that. And the young Kim went straight away, realizing that going to Beijing without making any fuss was the right move. His attitude could be read in his words in the official press release: “It’s most proper that my first overseas trip would be the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It’s also one of my noble duties to value the North Korea-China friendship as I do my own life.” Highly committed words, and also very understandable, because the rumor mill was having it that Xi and Kim were quite distant, perhaps a matter of mutual dislike. Or, perhaps, Xi was feeling a lack of respect, which now appears duly rectified.
Before going deeper into this world of diplomacy, safe signals and future moves, we should also think about the veil of secrecy under which China and North Korea tried to hide this historic moment.