KOREAN PRESIDENT MOON JAE -IN: President Duterte of the Philippines, [inaudible], Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, the country coordinator for the ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations, thank you very much. Moon also asked the Chinese leader to visit the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next year, and Xi responded, "I will make efforts to visit South Korea". "I believe our meeting today will serve as a critical opportunity for the development of our bilateral ties and our cooperation and leadership on issues engulfing the Korean peninsula". The two leaders met on November 13 at the Sofitel Hotel in downtown Manila, where they are attending the ASEAN+3 Summit and East Asia Summit.
Moon, a human rights lawyer who won the presidency in May 2017, is the first South Korean president to appoint a special envoy to ASEAN.
On the Thaad issue, Xi emphasized that the October 31 agreement between the two countries marked a "new start and a good beginning".
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(Chinese) "China, South Korea relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula are at a pivotal stage". "China and South Korea have a very complementary relationship, and we can be confident in the future for their relationship", he added. Li also expressed hope that both countries will normalize relations as early as possible.
The highlight of President Moon's bilaterals here in Manila will be his face-to-face talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang coming fresh off his one-on-one with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Vietnam where the two sides agreed to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of U.S. missile defense system in South Korea. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "President Moon said that THAAD is not aimed at China".
The Moon-Xi meeting came after a monthslong dispute caused by China's protest against the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in South Korea.
President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to hold a third bilateral summit next month in China.