November 1, 2018 / 4:08 PM / a year ago

China's Xi hopes to see U.S. and North Korea advance denuclearization: state media

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge in Zhuhai, China, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes the United States and North Korea will further promote the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and push for peace, Chinese state media reported on Thursday.

In a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, Xi also said China would continue to play a constructive role in the process.

China and the United States are locked in an increasingly bitter trade war, and both countries have already placed tariffs on some of each other’s imports. Xi also said in the phone call that he hoped the two world’s largest economies will be able to promote a steady and healthy relationship.

Reporting by Brenda Goh, Yawen Chen and Michael Martina; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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