BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated South Korea's Moon Jae-In on his presidential election victory, vowing to work with him in the wake of regional tensions.
"I always attach great importance to South Korea and China-ROK (Republic of Korea) relations," Xi told Moon, according to China's official Xinhua news agency.
"China is willing to work with South Korea to maintain the hard-earned outcome of China-ROK relations," Xi said.
Moon, a left-leaning former human rights lawyer, was elected on Tuesday after a corruption scandal felled his predecessor, against the backdrop of high tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea.
Moon advocates dialogue and reconciliation with the North to defuse the situation and eventually lure it to negotiations. (APP)