Chinese President Xi Jinping might visit North Korea in June following the summit between Washington and Pyongyang.
Citing multiple sources, Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun says the matter appears to have been discussed when the regime's leader Kim Jong-un and Song Tao, a senior Chinese diplomat, met over the weekend.
In a regular briefing on Monday, Beijing's foreign ministry did not confirm that Xi would be going but mentioned high level exchanges are important in developing bilateral relations.
According to the ministry, the Chinese leader is open to mutual visits with his North Korean counterpart and wants to maintain close engagement through various channels.
When Kim Jong-un went to Beijing himself earlier this month, he did ask that President Xi visit Pyongyang.