Three Chinese veterans pay their respects in Paju, July 2013
South Korea has announced that the remains of 425 Chinese soldiers who were killed in the Korean War 60 years ago will now be returned to China.
Authorities have said that the remains will be dug up, cleaned off and put into coffins before they are sent back to China, along with seals, pens, badges and military uniforms. The process will take several months.
Chinese soldiers, most identified only by nationality, are currently buried at a military-controlled cemetery in Paju, BBC reports:
It was established in 1996 as the final resting place of Chinese and North Korean soldiers killed in the conflict, which took place from 1950-53. The bodies were originally buried in smaller sites around the country.
The landmark agreement was made between Seoul and Beijing early this month after South Korean President Park Geun-hye initially made the offer in June during a trip to China, according to Xinhua.
South Korea also offered to return remains of hundreds of North Korean soldiers in the cemetery, but Pyongyang has not yet replied to the offer.