May 10, 2017 / 1:39 AM / 4 months ago

China's Xi congratulates new South Korean president

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Moon Jae-in on winning the election to become South Korean’s new president, state news agency Xinhua said.

The brief report provided no other details.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry

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