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Xi, Moon talk about bilateral ties, Korean Peninsula issues over phone

(Xinhua)    09:07, May 05, 2018

BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in talked about bilateral ties and peace development on the Korean Peninsula during a phone talk on Friday.

Xi said China pays great attention to bilateral relations and is willing to enhance communication with South Korea, deepen pragmatic cooperation, and promote cultural exchanges so as to steadily move bilateral relations forward in the common interest of both sides.

Xi pointed out that the relations between the two countries maintain a good momentum of development, and consensuses of the two leaders have been gradually implemented.

Moon said he is delighted at the implementation of those consensuses and South Korea is committed to pushing forward continuous development of bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

South Korea hopes to maintain high-level exchanges with China on the situation of the Korean Peninsula as well as other major international issues, said Moon.

Moon briefed to Xi achievements of the recent inter-Korean summit.

Moon said that the successful summit has reached broad consensuses on improving the inter-Korean relations, promoting the denuclearization of the Peninsula and establishing a peace mechanism, during which the two sides jointly published the Panmunjom Declaration.

According to Moon, South Korea appreciated China's important role in promoting positive changes of the situation of the Korean Peninsula, thanked China for its firmly support for dialogues between the south and north sides as well as its contribution to pushing settlement of issues through dialogues and negotiations.

Xi pointed out that the recent historic meeting between President Moon and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has achieved important results in improving the relationship between the two sides, defusing tensions and building durable peace in the Korean Peninsula, and that China thinks highly of the great efforts by South Korea and the DPRK.

Xi said that all parties concerned and the international community should show active support and encouragement to the efforts.

Moon added that South Korea is willing to enhance coordination with China, stay committed to solving Korean Peninsula issues through dialogues and negotiations, and contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and in the world at large.

Xi said the regional situation is at a crucial juncture, which now has an historic opportunity for peace of the Korean Peninsula. China backs the south and north sides of the Peninsula to continue interactions, improving ties, and implement agreements.

Xi also said that China is ready to work with the international community as well as all parties concerned, including South Korea and the DPRK, to comprehensively promote the political solution of the Korean Peninsula issue and play a positive role in the final realization of lasting peace in the region.

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