North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pyongyang on Thursday.
Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years.
North Korea and China are facing challenges of their own with the U.S. President Donald Trump.
Relations between the Cold War era allies, North Korea and China, deteriorated over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations and Beijing’s backing of the U.N. sanctions.
Pyongyang has been increasingly keen for Chinese President Xi to reciprocate.
Beijing has been biding its time to see how nuclear talks between Kim and Trump play out.
The North’s nuclear negotiations with the U.S. are at a standstill.
Pyongyang wants to demonstrate to the U.S. that it has China’s support.