The talks follow Kim's summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea late last month and an expected one with Trump, possibly next month.
"The primary topics will be trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building", Trump tweeted. Also like last time, social media was abuzz with rumors of Kim's visit before any official confirmation. "In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed", Moon said in the interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.
CCTV showed Xi wearing a western business suit and Kim in his standard high-collared Mao suit.
According to the Xinhua report, Kim said he made a decision to meet Xi again to "inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability". Reports said his jet flew out of Dalian airport on Tuesday afternoon. The plane believed to be carrying Kim took off at about 3.20pm local time.
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China's first domestically built aircraft carrier was constructed in Dalian. It said the West's viewpoint that China was afraid of getting sidelined in the diplomatic parleys that are being conducted between North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. was "misleading" since China had a fundamentally indispensable role in achieving peace in the peninsula.
The second meeting with Xi and the lack of details on the Trump-Kim summit - a time and location have still not been set, although Trump has said an announcement is coming soon - has raised speculation among analysts that the summit preparations may have hit a snag.
They had blared South Korean pop songs anti-Pyongyang broadcasts. This trip is "to put in place a framework for a successful summit", he said.
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It is the second meeting between the two leaders in less than two months, after they held a secret meeting in the Chinese capital of Beijing in late March. Kim Jong-Un is regarded as deity within his own borders, presenting himself as infallible. "Maybe North Korea and the USA are thinking about making some radical concessions".
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Xi hosted a banquet and told Kim of his support for North Korea's strategic shift towards economic development, Xinhua added.
North Korea state media said Mr Kim had told Mr Xi to continue their close relationship.
The two leaders could be exploring ways to do that without violating United Nations sanctions, he added.
By not asking the United States to reduce or remove its military presence in South Korea during negotiations, North Korea has failed to advance Chinese interests in the talks.
Mnuchin's delegation wrapped up two days of talks with Chinese economic officials on Friday with only an agreement to keep talking.
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