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Chinese soldiers' remains in 437 caskets return more than 60 years after end of Korean War

The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War have returned home, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.

A Chinese plane carrying 437 caskets arrived in the Chinese city of Shenyang on Friday morning, following a handover ceremony at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul earlier between South Korea and China.

The repatriation became possible when South Korean President Park Geun-hye offered to send back the remains during a visit to China last June, a friendly gesture highlighting warming ties between the former combatants.

The remains had been buried on a quiet hillside just south of the border with North Korea, outside the city of Paju. Most of them have not been individually identified.