>> A familiar scene in Beijing on Tuesday where a convoy with tinted windows rushed down the city's main road. Inside is believe to be non other than Kim Jong-un, once again making a sudden trip to China. But this time, Beijing's made no secret Kim is in town. Chinese state media say he's visiting for two nights.
On his last visit months ago, Beijing neither confirmed nor denied Kim was there until his train left for Pyongyang. However, now he's had a sitdown with Donald Trump. And as Josh Smith explains, Kim is likely there to prepare for more talks with the US, including another potential visit by Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang.
>> Maintaining close coordination with Beijing allows North Korea to remind Washington that it has potential allies there in China who will potentially help them out if they continue down this declared path of lowering tensions. Also going to China right now, right in the wake of Kim's meeting with Donald Trump is a way for Kim to visit China.
Also from something of a position of strength right now, leaders around the world are lining up to meet with Kim.>> At the summit last week, Trump and Kim agreed to work towards denuclearizing the Korean peninsular. The US President also promise to suspend war games which Pyongyang and Beijing have often called provocative.
On Tuesday, Seoul and Washington canceled the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, a major upcoming joint military exercise. But beyond that drill, they say there's been no decision on what else could be canceled. Trump said he was halting the war games due to their quote tremendously expensive cost. The Pentagon has yet to release that number but previous data suggests the cost of a single exercise could be tens of millions of dollars.
Only a small fraction of the year's US defense budget of 700 billion.