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Having been extending olive branches to Kim and bridging Pyongyang and Washington since South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics in February, Moon regards improving the situation on the Korean Peninsula as a major task of his presidency.
China would like to make joint efforts with all SCO members to continue to support each other and offer SCO wisdom and SCO solutions, safeguard regional security cooperation, deepen Belt and Road cooperation and expand people-to-people exchanges, Xi said.
In a further sign to set a friendly climate for Friday's talks, Seoul's defense ministry said the propaganda broadcasts to the DPRK were silenced at midnight on Monday. It was a break from what is known as the anti-DPRK psychological warfare, which Seoul resumed in 2016 following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test.
Kim invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for direct talks in a message delivered by his sister, Kim Yo Jong, when she met Moon in Seoul in February.
During the meeting, the foreign ministers of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan made speeches. They spoke positively of the efforts that China has made to prepare the SCO summit.
A chronology of human rights violations by the United States in 2017 was also released by the office Tuesday.
The six-party talks mechanism, grouping China, the DPRK, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States, has been suspended since 2009 when the DPRK pulled out. China and Russia have repeatedly called for its resumption.
A third round of working-level talks between officials of the two Koreas was held Monday at the Peace House on the South Korean side of Panmunjom, a village at the Demilitarized Zone.