After failed missile test, China calls for Korean calm

BEIJING- China hopes all parties on the Korean peninsula will remain calm and exercise restraint, President Xi Jinping told a senior visiting North Korean envoy on Wednesday, after the isolated state rattled nerves with a failed missile test. The rare meeting in Beijing between Xi and one of North Korea’s highest-profile officials, career diplomat Ri Su Yong, follows a flurry of weapons tests in the run-up to the first congress in 36 years of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party in May, when young leader Kim Jong Un consolidated his control. China is reclusive North Korea’s only major ally but has been angered by its nuclear and missile programmes.



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