Abe, Li to work toward early summit with South Korea's Moon


"President Moon and President Xi may have discussed ways to improve the countries' overall relations, while the meeting with Premier Li will likely focus on details of ways to do so", an official from the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said earlier.

The leaders are expected to focus on cooperation on North Korea's nuclear threats and ways to normalize their ties strained by a year-long feud over Seoul's decision to allow for deployment of a U.S. missile defense system. On Nov. 11, President Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a bilateral meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, where they attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (AEPC) forum.

The tensions triggered by North Korea's missile tests were not mentioned during the opening statements of Duterte and Moon.

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The South Korean president expressed hope his talks with Li will further speed up the normalization of their ties.

The two countries agreed to normalize their ties in a joint statement issued by their foreign ministries on October 31.

The South Korean president called for immediate measures to remove China's apparent economic retaliation, which he said included anti-dumping tariffs imposed on South Korean goods and the exclusion of South Korean batteries produced in China for electric vehicles from China's government subsidies, according to Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan.

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The sabre-rattling has complicated China's relations with South Korea.

A banquet given for Trump featured a menu of shrimp caught in territory disputed with Japan, while the US president was also introduced to a former victim of the trafficking of women to Japanese imperial army brothels before and during World War Two.

(Chinese) "China, South Korea relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula are at a pivotal stage".

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday urged South Korea to continue making substantive efforts to remove obstacles in bilateral ties so as to ensure their sound and steady development. "I want to use all opportunities for dialogue because our two countries have great responsibility for the peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world".