On August 20, Greece formally exited the international financial rescue programs introduced by the European Union (EU) after eight years of bailout programs, demonstrating that it does not need to rely on foreign aid to support its own sustainable development. It was an important signal that the country with the heaviest public debt and the first to be bailed out was nearing the end of its debt crisis.
Xi had three meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, playing a constructive role in persuading Kim to return to dialogue. Kim also held historic meetings with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in the border village of Panmunjom. A joint Panmunjom Declaration was issued after the Kim-Moon meeting, confirming their common goal of complete denuclearization of the peninsula.