Xi, Trump hold phone talks on Korean Peninsula issue



Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump on Friday over the Korean Peninsula issue and status of Sino-US ties.

In the phone call, President Xi acknowledged the positive changes of the inter-Korean relations and said China would persist with the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and solving the issue through dialogue and negotiation.

China is committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that dialogue and negotiation is the only way to tackle the issue, he said.

"I appreciate that Mr. President has expressed the willingness to solve the Korean Peninsula issue through a political solution, and I hope the US and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could start talks soon and reach a positive outcome."

Seoul's national security chief Chung Eui-yong briefs President Donald Trump at the White House about his visit to the DPRK, March 8, 2018.

Trump said it proves that President Xi's proposal – a political solution to the Korean Peninsula issue – is right.

"We prefer peaceful solution of Korean nuclear issue," Trump said.

"The US highly appreciates China in mediating the crisis and is willing to work closely with China on the issue," he added.

The two leaders also talked about the China-US bilateral ties.

Xi also urged to promote bilateral ties of mutual respect, reciprocity, and mutual benefit and controlling disparities and called on efforts to push for more agreements and achievements in bilateral collaboration.

Xi said he had kept close contact with Trump in the past months, and that the two countries had agreed to deepen cooperation.

Trump echoed Xi's call and congratulated the success of China's current annual Two Sessions.