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13 November, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017.

The two leaders held their second summit on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting, both expressing the need to manage the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and for the North Korean nuclear issue to ultimately be resolved through dialogue, according to the Blue House.

Moon arrived in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang where he was scheduled to attend the APEC summit and a series of bilateral meetings with global leaders, including Xi. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit that began the previous day.

"The benefits of free trade must be distributed fairly", said Moon, insisting that the sectors that are harmed during the process of economic integration and free trade must be minimized.

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He was widely expected to call for China's support when he meets his Chinese counterpart here.

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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".

His trip to Indonesia marked the first time he made a state visit to a foreign nation since taking office in May. At the forum, Moon said that his country wanted to boost economic ties with Indonesia. He will return home on Wednesday.


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