China has voiced its support for South Korea's push for a declaration to formally end the Korean War saying that would contribute to bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul's presidential office said Friday that Yang Jiechi the Chinese Politburo's member in charge of foreign affairs expressed support in talks the day before with South Korea's National Security Advisor Suh Hoon.
Yang regarded as Chinese President Xi Jinping's top foreign policy aide invited Suh to the Chinese port city of Tianjin to reciprocate his visit to Busan in August last year.
President Moon Jae-in proposed during his UN General Assembly address in September that the parties closely involved in Korean Peninsula affairs the two Koreas, the U.S., and potentially China declare an end to the 1950-53 war.
This would act as a means to bring North Korea back to dialogue and to pass on the momentum for talks to the new incoming administration next May.
China is a signatory to the armistice agreement that brought an end to the three-year conflict having fought alongside North Korea against South Korea and the U.S.-led UN Command.
Seoul and Washington are known to be working on a draft, with South Korea believed to be eyeing the Beijing Olympics in February as a possible venue for declaring an end to the war.
Yang was quoted as saying that China will do its part for peace and stability on the Peninsula and bringing North Korea back to the negotiating table.
On a visit to South Korea by President Xi the Blue House said the officials agreed to arrange a summit when the COVID-19 situation stabilizes.
They also agreed to promote communication between the leaders, even before an in-person summit which could come in the format of phone talks or a virtual session.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.