Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen said Saturday that both Moscow and Peking wanted to hold a summit in the first half of 1989 and pledged to work toward a peaceful solution in Cambodia.

He told a news conference that his three-day visit, the first by a Chinese foreign minister in more than 30 years, would prepare the ground for a summit between the two communist giants."It is the beginning of a multi-faceted normalization of relations," he said. "Both sides believe it is imperative to hold such a meeting. We should start preparing efforts to organize the meeting in the first half of next year."

The Chinese minister said that as the next step in preparing the summit, he had invited his Soviet opposite number Eduard Shevardnadze to visit China early next year. A summit would be the first such meeting since Mao Tse-Tung met Nikita Khrushchev in Peking in 1959.