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China's top diplomat wants to engage with North Korea at high level

Yang Jiechi meets Pyongyang's ambassador to Beijing

Yang Jiechi, right, a high-ranking Chinese politician, discussed topics of common concern with the North Korean envoy to Beijing on Oct. 28.    © Reuters/Getty Images

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met North Korea's ambassador to China on Thursday and expressed Beijing's willingness to maintain high-level interactions and strengthen strategic coordination, China's foreign ministry said.

Both sides exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of common concern, the ministry said in a statement, without giving details.

China is neighboring North Korea's sole major ally, and has played a leading role in efforts to press the isolated country to dismantle its nuclear program.

North Korea has persisted with military development, including a recent missile test, despite international sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

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