Kim Jong-il met with Dai Bingguo today. According to China, the two had a “frank and in-depth” discussion. They reached an “important consensus” on the issues related to the Korean Peninsula. Neither China nor North Korea explained what any of that meant. But that didn’t stop the pundits from speculating.
“It appears China has opted for diplomacy rather than go head-on against the U.S. pressure,” said Kim Yong Hyun, a South Korean professor. “The meeting itself signals Kim’s willingness to listen to the outside world and refrain from further provocations.”