November 13, 2017 (EIRNS)-Following a bilateral meeting today on the sidelines of the ASEAN forum in Manila with the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, expressing hope their talks will further speed up the normalization of their ties, said "I believe we have created a chance to quickly normalize the countries' relationship through my talks with President Xi Jinping".
The Seoul-Beijing relations quickly soured after the deployment of the THAAD U.S. missile defense system in South Korea earlier this year.
The situation on the Korean peninsula dominated discussions at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang.
According to the draft, the statement condemned North Korea, which continues to develop weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear and chemical weapons as well as ballistic missiles.
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".
"China stands ready to work with relevant parties to speed up negotiations of the China-Japan-South Korea FTA", Li told a regional summit in Manila, Xinhua said.
"We hope that South Korea will properly match its words with actions", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on October 31, noting that South Korea had agreed not to make further deployments of the missile shield.
An armstice signed in the '50s technically put an end to hostilities between the two countries, but no peace treaty was signed.
Better relations with China will help the nation withstand potential rough economic conditions next year, South Korean Vice Finance Minister Ko Hyoung-kwon told Bloomberg News in an interview last week.
South Korea is one of nine dialogue-partner countries of ASEAN that are participating in this week's events.
While President moon didn't mention the "THAAD Word" once, this as effectively what it was all about, although no fine details have yet been forthcoming on what has been agreed between the two leaders.
Lian Degui, a professor with the School of Japanese Studies at Shanghai International Studies University, said Trump's visits to China, Japan and South Korea sent a signal that the U.S. needed cooperation among the three countries to tackle the North Korean nuclear issue.
(STAND-UP) "But before that, a separate meeting between President Moon and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang here in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related summits will show whether the strongest steel is indeed forged in the hottest fire".