China is welcoming news of a seeming détente on the Korean peninsula after North and South Korea agreed to re-open communications following months of tensions.
Chinese state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday termed the offer of diplomatic dialogue from Kim Jong-un and the South’s upbeat response as “positive signs.”
“At the beginning of the new year 2018, a positive signal has emerged from the Korean peninsula,” the Xinhua editorial read. “It is hoped the Korean peninsula can come out of a frozen state” of tensions.
Xinhua noted the speed with which tensions eased after a New Year’s speech by Kim that communicated the North’s willingness to send the North Korean national team to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Xinhua’s editorial also gave high marks for South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s positive response, and Seoul’s proposal to hold high-level talks with the North on Tuesday.