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April 26, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Friday in the demilitarized zone between their countries, and held hands as they crossed into South Korea.

When Kim crossed the demarcation line, he became the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea since the Korean War, and Moon was also invited to step over to the North Korea side. This is the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than a decade.

During their summit, meant to ease tensions between the Koreas, they are expected to discuss denuclearization and will plant a memorial tree in the border village of Panmunjom. They will also likely release a joint statement late Friday, which could touch on peace and the improvement of relations between the two countries. Because the Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty in 1953, the countries are still considered to be at war. Catherine Garcia

November 4, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart, Ma Ying-jeou, will meet for a historic summit in Singapore Saturday, their governments announced Wednesday.

Leaders from the two sides have not met since 1949, when the Nationalists lost the Chinese civil war to the Communists, and the Nationalist government relocated to Taiwan, The Associated Press reports. A Taiwanese presidential spokesman said in a statement that Xi and Ma will not sign any deals, and the symbolic meeting will "solidify Taiwan-mainland relations and keep the status quo across the Taiwan Strait." Taiwan will elect a new president and legislature in January, which could change the course of Ma's pro-China initiatives, AP says. Catherine Garcia

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