“The North Korean leader and his wife received a warm welcome in his first trip abroad since taking power in 2011, holding talks with President Xi Jinping and meeting a host of dignitaries. Xi told Kim that China has made a ‘strategic choice’ to have friendly ties with North Korea, and they would “remain unchanged under any circumstances.” Kim Jung Un’s unexpected visit to China sends a message to the US: China Is Back on Our Side.

+ Reuters: China says North Korea’s Kim pledged commitment to denuclearization.

+ NYT: North Korea Is Firing Up a Reactor. That Could Upset Trump’s Talks With Kim.