Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

The Strategy Behind South Korea's Outreach to Southeast Asia

The Strategy Behind South Korea's Outreach to Southeast Asia

"I believe we have been successful in drawing almost flawless support from all East Asian countries including members of the ASEAN on our position regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program.",. A statement released by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 12 said that Xi had reconfirmed China's position on deploying THAAD in South Korea during his meeting with Moon the previous day.

"At the end of the meeting, President Xi said this is a meeting that marks a fresh start of relations between Japan and China". Last week, the North said it did not oppose dialogue, but would "never put the issue related to the supreme interests of the DPRK and security of its people on the bargaining table". Moon reiterated his stance that now was the time to increase pressure on North Korea so that it would come to talks.

As for think tanks, China's public diplomacy agency, Chahar, brought 13 Chinese power bloggers to South Korea on November sixth at the invitation of the Korea Foundation. Earlier in the year, Seoul deployed a USA missile defence system, which Beijing regards as a threat to its security, but which Seoul feels is necessary in light of the provocation by Pyongyang.

Xi said China was willing to work with South Korea to improve bilateral ties, but called on Seoul to make responsible decisions about THAAD.

Remarks by Xi reflect ongoing Chinese concern over the missile defense systemChina's decision to raise the THAAD deployment during the South Korea-China summit puts the spotlight back on an issue assumed to have been settled during deliberations on October 31.

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Moon also invited Xi to visit Korea next February, during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. "We hope the trilateral summit will resume soon", he said.

Premier Li responded saying he saw a "bright" future for their bilateral relations, according to South Korea's Presidential website.

"There are signs of cooperation and improving relations between China, South Korea and Japan". He arrived here Sunday following trips to Indonesia and Vietnam. She said South Korean and United States officials were discussing what that sign might be.

President Duterte has urged South Korea to invest more in the Philippines as he vowed to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

In a speech to business leaders at the summit on Friday, Trump called on governments in the region to unite against Kim and "not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail".

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