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Xi eyes South Korea as possible first post-pandemic trip in 2020

Beijing extends olive branch amid tensions with Washington

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held a telephone conference May 13. (Photos by Reuters, Kyodo)

SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Seoul by the end of the year as planned, he told South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, in what could be his first trip overseas since the coronavirus outbreak began.

The two leaders agreed over a roughly 30-minute phone conference to start preparations for the trip once the pandemic is contained, the South Korean president's office said.

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