Chinese President Xi Jinping sits next to South Korean President Moon Jae-In (not seen) during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/ Pool via AP)
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War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions.Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal", while warning that a U.S. strike on the North would have catastrophic consequences.China and South Korea have an important shared interest in maintaining peace and stability, and China is willing to work with South Korea to prevent war and promote talks, Xi added.China would support North and South Korea to improve relations as this was good for easing tension, he said.
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