Indonesia, South Korea Upgrade Strategic Partnership

S. Korea's top diplomat discuss North Korea with Canadian, New Zealand counterparts

Chinese President Xi Jinping told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Saturday that he encouraged Seoul to resume dialogue with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported.

South Korean leader expresses support for China's alternative to defunct Trans-Pacific PartnershipSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in, who arrived in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang on the afternoon of November 10 to attend the APEC summit, called for the greater realization of the spirit of APEC - that is, regional economic integration through free trade - and for the rapid establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).

"I am very glad to see you again after four months", Moon said at the start of their bilateral summit held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting here in the Vietnamese city. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit that began the previous day.

China, he said, is willing to continue communication with South Korea on maintaining stability, promoting peace talks, and preventing war on the peninsula.

By agreeing on Moon's visit to Beijing in December, the first step is now seen as having been achieved.

Moon's trip to the region also came amid efforts to greatly improve South Korea's relations with Asean. At the forum, Moon said that his country wanted to boost economic ties with Indonesia.

Moon said to Xi during the meeting, "Korea-China relations briefly faced difficulty, but on the other hand, it was an opportunity to reconfirm how valuable we are to one another".

South Korea and Indonesia reached a series of business cooperation agreements Thursday (Nov 9) that could be worth nearly US$2 billion if finalised, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

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