Chinese President Xi Jinping will send his special envoy to North Korea this week, the countries' state media reported Wednesday, amid strained ties over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
After the past two party congresses in 2007 and 2012, the party sent a special envoy to visit North Korea, Vietnam and Laos in succession, with Pyongyang the first stop.
Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Liaison Department, will visit Pyongyang on Friday to brief North Korean officials about last month's once-in-five-year leadership reshuffle, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
With all the verbal barbs flying between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump these days, China's decision to send its most senior official to North Korea in more than two years could be a welcome opportunity to defuse the growing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
Song's last reported trip to North Korea was in May previous year when he met Ri Su-yong, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017.
Meanwhile, Trump's tough talk - including his recent barbed tweet saying he would never call Kim short and fat, for example - hasn't paved the way for conciliatory measures from Pyongyang, at least not in public.
"China is now actively making diplomatic efforts", Wang told AFP.
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"The envoy's visit is to persuade North Korea, hoping that North Korea will return to the track of peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue", he said.
United States officials want Chinese authorities to clamp down on unauthorised trade that they say is still trickling across the North Korean border. Trump has said that China should do more to rein in its wayward neighbor.
Kim and Xi exchanged messages of congratulations and thanks over the Chinese party congress, but neither leader has visited the other's country since assuming power.
Beijing fears pressuring Kim's regime into collapse, which could trigger a flood of refugees across its border and eliminate a strategic buffer separating China from the USA military in South Korea.
North Korea has time and again said it has no intention of backing away from its nuclear program.
China's calls for restraint have not stopped the name calling. A commentary Wednesday by the ruling party's Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Trump is "an old slave of money".
"He should know that he is just a ugly criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people", it added.
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