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Chinese, South Korean Leaders Discuss Partnership, North Korean Disarmament

Chinese President Hu Jintao called for progress in six party talks on North Korea's nuclear program during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Saturday.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with the Chinese leader in Beijing while attending the Olympics.

Mr. Hu said he hoped for improved communication and coordination among the countries involved in the six party talks (among China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, the United States and North Korea) aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear program). And he urged moving the talks to what he called "a new stage."

The two leaders also discussed developing a "strategic partnership" between China and South Korea.

Mr. Hu is scheduled to make a state visit to South Korea in the coming weeks.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.