Kim Jong Un flew into Singapore on a Chinese plane for his summit with US President Donald Trump and left with a prized concession long sought by Beijing: the suspension of US-South Korean war games.
Not only that, but Trump also teased the possibility of a complete withdrawal of American troops from the Korean Peninsula at some point in the near future.
"It's a huge win for China," Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at CSIS, told CNN.
The possible reduction of US military in the region has been a policy goal in China for years, especially in light of former US President Barack Obama's pivot to Asia, which was interpreted in Beijing as a means of containing the country's rise.
The Chinese government has repeatedly chafed under the web of US alliances that spreads across the Asia region, and East Asia in particular, where American troops and military hardware are posted in both Japan and South Korea.
Currently there are around 28,000 American troops in South Korea, as well as another 49,000 in Japan.