China to send special envoy to North Korea

(LEAD) Chinese president's special envoy to visit N. Korea this week

Following Donald Trump-Xi Jinping meeting, China to send special envoy to North Korea

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. February previous year was the last time China's special envoy for North Korea visited the country.

For the unversed, Trump has repeatedly called on China to do more to use its influence to pressure North Korea into altering its behaviour. The official Xinhua News Agency said, "The director of the ruling Communist Party's International Liaison Department, Song Tao, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on the party's national congress held last month".

"The US and its allies hope that China will raise the threat of military strikes and impose harsher economic sanctions against North Korea", he told The Telegraph.

"Song will inform the DPRK of the 19th CPC National Congress and visit the DPRK", it said, referring to the abbreviation of North Korea's full name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Trump, who wrapped up his five-nation tour of Asia yesterday, has warned the North Korean dictator of dire consequences if he went ahead with the nuclear programme.

North Korea's state news agency said in a short dispatch that Song will visit the North "soon", without revealing details.

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