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China says it hopes Kim-Trump summit will go ahead

AFP  |  Beijing 

called today for North and the to go ahead with their historic summit as planned after threatened to pull out of the scheduled meeting between and

The North also cancelled high-level talks due Wednesday with because of US-South Korean military air exercises, denouncing the drills as a "rude and wicked provocation".

"The situation on the peninsula has eased up, which is worth cherishing," Chinese told a regular briefing.

"We hope... some of the high-level meetings that (the two sides) have been working towards can be held smoothly and... results can be achieved," Lu said.

"Only in this way can the easing up of the peninsula be consolidated, contributing to peace and stability in the region." North threatened to withdraw from the June 12 summit in if seeks to push it into unilaterally giving up its nuclear arsenal.

"If the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue," Gwan said in a statement carried by

Lu called for all parties to "avoid mutual provocations and further tension, so that they can jointly provide the necessary conditions and atmosphere for a political settlement of the peninsula issue through dialogue." Chinese has met Kim twice over the last two months, as warms to its Cold War-era ally following a chill in relations.

In a sign of the improved relationship, a North Korean delegation is visiting to learn about China's experience in economic reform and opening up.

Xi Wednesday hosted a meeting with its leader Song, of the of the Workers' Party of Korea, the North's ruling party.

Xi told Pak that supports Kim's leadership and backs dialogue between and Washington, the official agency said.

Pak said his party was interested in learning from China's economic development and "reform and opening up" experience, the agency reported.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:30 IST
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