Chinese observers generally view the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a positive step towards denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Authoritative and non-authoritative sources confirm that Beijing believes the summit’s apparent confirmation of its “dual track” and “double suspension” approaches to the problem, the subsequent improvement of its relations with North Korea, and Pyongyang’s apparent receptivity to adopting Chinese-style economic reform policies greatly serve its interests. However, while both types of sources have reaffirmed China’s importance for and commitment to achieving lasting peace on the Peninsula, many Chinese observers have come to question the success of the summit and whether the positive momentum that resulted from it is markedly slowing down.
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Chinese Views on the Singapore Summit Between Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-un