A Senior North Korean Official arrived in China on Tuesday, to attend Belt and Road Forum hosted by Beijing this week.
Kim Yong-Jae, North Korea’s Minister of External Economic Relations, was greeted by Chinese Officials upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport.
Kim also led the delegation from the North in May 2017, when China held its first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation under Beijing’s “One Belt One Road” Initiative, a grand geopolitical strategy to connect China with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Europe and Africa through “land and maritime silk roads.”
The Second Belt and Road forum is slated to be held from Thursday to Saturday in the Chinese capital with leaders from 37 countries and thousands of people in attendance.
From South Korea, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki will attend the Conference.
During the 2017 event, Rep. Park Byeong-Seug of the ruling Democratic Party, who was then the head of the South Korean delegation, briefly met with Kim and expressed concerns over Pyongyang’s missile provocation.