January 11, 2018 / 10:43 AM / in 9 months

China backs efforts by North and South Korea to improve ties, Xi says

BEIJING (Reuters) - China supports efforts by North and South Korea to improve relations, President Xi Jinping told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, Chinese state media said.

FILE PHOTO - Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) gestures towards South Korean President Moon Jae-In (L) during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Nicolas Asfouri/Pool

In a telephone call, Xi told Moon that China was willing to push forward cooperation with South Korea and jointly maintain regional peace and stability, the official China Daily newspaper said.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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