February 5, 2016 / 3:36 PM / in 2 years

China's Xi says dedicated to maintaining peace on Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is dedicated to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, Chinese President Xi Jinping told South Korea’s president on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, China, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool

“We hope all sides can act bearing in mind the broader picture of maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and calmly deal with the present situation,” Xi said.

North Korea has notified U.N. agencies that it will launch a rocket carrying what it called an earth observation satellite some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, triggering international opposition from some governments that see it as a long-range missile test.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Dominic Evans

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