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Newly empowered Chinese President Xi Jinping has reached out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an apparent bid to promote stable ties with the isolated country days ahead of a visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump, the official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday.

Xi was replying to a congratulatory message from Kim on the successful conclusion of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress last week, where the Chinese leader was widely seen as cementing his grip on power.

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