July 26 - China's vice president urges North Korea's Kim to enter nuclear talks. Tom Dinham reports.
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao arrives in the North Korean capital Pyongyang to an enthusiastic official welcome. Li and the Chinese delegation are here to participate in events marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Chinese troops played a major role in preventing North Korean defeat, but ties between the two nations have become increasingly strained in recent times over the North's nuclear programme. China's vice president used the visit to push for talks on ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. Li told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that relations between China and North Korea were "entering a new era" according to China's Foreign Ministry. North Korea has used the anniversary to underscore its defiance of UN sanctions, and its resolve in light of increasingly frosty relations with its sole major ally, China. Li, who was tipped for the vice president post in March of this year, is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit North Korea under Kim Jong-un's rule.