The similarity of views emerged during a meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an APEC, Saturday (11/11/2017), in Danang, 4 Vietnam.
South Korea on Monday, November 13, said it is "determined" to bring its ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to "new heights" amid growing concerns over persistent threats from its neighbor North Korea.
For months, China enforced what many believed to be de facto economic retaliation against South Korea that included a ban on large group tours to South Korea and a range of non-tariff import barriers that effectively prevented shipments of many South Korean products, such as cosmetics.
After months of Chinese protest and discussions, the countries' foreign ministries issued a joint statement on October 31, saying the countries will put their relationship back on the right track.
Premier Li responded saying he saw a "bright" future for their bilateral relations, according to South Korea's Presidential website.
Abe also said China and Japan agreed to deepen cooperation on Pyongyang, and hailed a "fresh start" to ties between Beijing and Tokyo.
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He said differences in understanding between South Korea and China, North Korea's lone major ally, regarding the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system on South Koran soil had not been resolved. He also hopes to travel to China for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping next year.
Speaking to reporters in the Philippines, Moon said that if North Korea agreed to hold talks, negotiations could be held with all options open.
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.
The Chinese prime minister said the countries' relations will continue to improve, though it may take time.
Officials are seeking to resume an annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea, which was scheduled for July but postponed as Beijing and Tokyo locked horns over maritime sovereignty in the East China Sea, and China and South Korea squabbled over THAAD.