Xi, Trump discuss Korean Peninsula, bilateral relations over phone

Saturday, 2018-03-10 07:55:03
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) holds a grand ceremony to welcome US President Donald Trump at the square outside the east gate of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, November 9, 2017. (Photo:Xinhua)
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on March 9 discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and bilateral relations via phone.

The phone conversation came after Trump has agreed to meet Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), by May at Kim's invitation "to achieve permanent denuclearization," according to Chung Eui-yong, the Republic of Korea's top national security adviser, who had briefed Trump on the outcome of a RoK delegation's meeting with Kim earlier this week.

Speaking by telephone, Xi told Trump that he appreciates the US president's desire to resolve the Korean Peninsula issue politically, hoping that the United States and the DPRK will start dialogue as soon as possible and strive for positive results.

Xi also told Trump that China and the United States should focus on cooperation, control differences, promote win-win economic cooperation, and push for new advancement of bilateral relations in the new year.

Regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Trump said the nuclear issue has shown positive development recently, adding that a high-level meeting between the United States and the DPRK meets the interests of all parties, hoping for an eventually peaceful solution to the nuclear issue.

It has been proved that President Xi is right to insist on a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK, Trump said, adding that the US side highly appreciates and values China's significant role in resolving the Korean Peninsula issue, and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China over the issue, Trump said.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on China-US ties.

They both agreed that the two sides should seize every minute to promote wide-range cooperation and dialogue to maintain a healthy and stable development prospects for China-US relations.

Xinhua