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S. Korea, China to closely communicate for Xi’s Seoul visit at early date Updated: 2021-01-27 08:32:16 KST

President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will closely cooperate to push for Xi's visit to South Korea at an early date.
Seoul's top office said the leaders spoke on the phone for 40 minutes late Tuesday eight months after their last phone talks in May 2020.

President Moon expressed hope to meet when the COVID-19 situation eases to which Xi agreed, saying the diplomatic authorities of the two sides should maintain close communication.
Seoul and Beijing have been seeking a visit since last year, but it has yet to happen due to the pandemic.

On Korean Peninsula affairs, President Moon asked for China's constructive role in dealing with pending issues.
To this, President Xi said he supports dialogue between North Korea and the U.S. as well as the two Koreas, and that he values South Korea’s role for a political resolution.
President Xi described the situation on the Peninsula as "generally stable" adding that he doesn’t think Pyeongyang has closed the door for dialogue.

The two leaders also vowed to strengthen cooperation and boost exchanges with 2022 marking 30 years since Seoul and Beijing established diplomatic ties.
They agreed to draw up a blueprint for the next three decades through an envisioned joint committee comprised of experts.

Prior to the call, President Xi sent a letter to President Moon on Sunday to wish him a happy birthday.
In response, President Moon said he hoped for joint efforts to further develop bilateral ties and advance peace on the Peninsula.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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