PEKING (Reuters) – China received information from the US about the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This was announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday in a conversation with two senior diplomats.
FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump shuts hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he meets in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Panmunjom, South Korea, on 30 June 2019. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque / File photo  Trump was the first seated US president to settle in North Korea on Sunday when he met Kim in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Panmunjom between the two Koreas and agreed to take the continuing stalled nuclear talks.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, discussed this meeting on Friday in a telephone conversation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement.
"Biegun introduced the meeting between the US and North Korean leaders in Panmunjom and said the US side was ready to increase communication and coordination with the Chinese side on the Peninsula question," the ministry added.
Luo told Biegun that the recent "positive interactions" between all parties regarding the North Korean issue are important to the peace talks process, the ministry said.
"China supports the exchange and dialogue between the US and North Korea and hopes that the two sides will meet halfway and follow the consensus of the leaders of both countries to resume consultations at the working level as soon as possible added, "she added.
Trump's meeting with Kim took place about a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping met Kim during a state visit to Pyongyang.
Although China has not officially announced this, Luo is likely to be China's new Special Representative on the North Korea issue after its predecessor Kong Xuanyou became China's new ambassador to Tokyo in late May.
Luo was also involved in informing Chinese reporters about Xi's visit to North Korea, according to state media, before Xi left.
Luo is a worldly professional diplomat who speaks English well, according to diplomats who met him.
Previously, he was China's ambassador to Canada, Pakistan and India and worked at the Chinese Embassy in Washington from 1996 to 2000.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Diane Craft