Moon, Xi agree to 'normalize' ties 'in all areas'

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The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday reaffirmed their joint efforts to peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear problem in a summit highlighting the recent normalization of bilateral ties estranged by the deployment of a USA missile defense system in South Korea.

Moon congratulated Xi on the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and his re-election as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, saying he supports Xi's vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

And on the sidelines, President Moon is expected to have a bilateral summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

Last month, the two countries' foreign ministry officials agreed to return to "a normal development track", mending relations that have been frayed since the decision by Seoul and Washington in July 2016 to deploy a Thaad battery in Korea to defend against North Korea. Xi stressed that the two nations should respect each other regarding their key interests and critical issues, establish political mutual trust and enhance bilateral communication and cooperation.

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"With the North Korea situation at an important phase, the role China ought to play is very big", Abe said.

By agreeing on Moon's visit to Beijing in December, the first step is now seen as having been achieved. "I totally feel the same way", Abe told reporters.

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.