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S. Korea to repatriate remains of Chinese soldiers killed in Korean War

All News 16:05 January 28, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has agreed to repatriate a new set of remains of Chinese soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and had remained buried in this country, the Ministry of National Defense said Thursday.

South Korea will send the remains of 36 Chinese soldiers back to their home country in a ceremony scheduled for March 31, the third repatriation since the first in 2014, according to the ministry.

South Korean and Chinese working-level officials held talks in Beijing on Wednesday to agree on the latest round of repatriations.

Through the two previous repatriations, South Korea sent home the remains of 505 Chinese soldiers.

Many Chinese soldiers fought alongside North Korea against the South and United Nations forces during the three-year war that ended in a truce in 1953.

An enemy cemetery in South Korea's border city of Paju is home to the soldiers of the enemy side who perished during the war.

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