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South Korean President Moon Jae-In, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen to the South Korean anthem during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec.14.   © Reuters

Moon and Xi agree on avoiding new Korean war, but little else

Lack of joint statement after their summit shows relations remain frosty

HIROSHI MINEGISHI and OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writers | China

BEIJING -- The leaders of China and South Korea affirmed a shared goal of a peaceful end to the standoff with North Korea, but despite the effort at solidarity, their summit here Thursday reinforced the view of how far bilateral relations still have to improve.

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