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China's top diplomat supports formally ending Korean War

Beijing woos Seoul as Winter Olympic headwinds grow

A South Korean soldier walks by the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. The peninsula technically remains at a state of war nearly 70 years since fighting ceased.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi expressed support for a declaration to formally end the Korean War, South Korea's presidential office announced Friday.

Such a declaration would "contribute to the promotion of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," Yang told South Korean National Security Office Director Suh Hoon during a meeting in Tianjin, China, on Thursday, according to the South Korean release. Yang is a member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo.

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