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Moon trumpets economic integration, open trade... Moon, Xi one-on-one set for Saturday Updated: 2017-11-11 09:24:01 KST

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Leaders of the world's major economies have been flocking to this coastal city in Southeast Asia known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port for this year's APEC summit.
From U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo and Russian President Vladimir Putin it's a fiesta of great powers here in the resort city and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is no exception.

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In Danang on the second-leg of his three-nation sweep across Southeast Asia President Moon Jae-in continues his efforts to build strong ties with the ASEAN region and rally support for his North Korea policy.

It's only been a couple of hours and already the president has trumpeted free trade touting it as the driving force behind his country's rapid economic development making it in the world's top ten in half a century.

Speaking to the APEC Business Advisory Council, Mr. Moon urged economic integration through open and free trade calling for the swift establishment of regional economic integration bodies such as the The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific Initiatives and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Revisiting his 'people-centered economy' initiative, the South Korean leader heralded open, inclusive, balanced, equitable and innovative growth that does not leave anyone behind.

The South Korean president has a series of one-on-ones lined up on the margins of the main event starting with his meeting with Vietnamese President Tran dai Quang early Saturday morning.
The highlight of President Moon's bilaterals will be his face-to-face talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping set for that afternoon.
It'll be interesting to see their interaction, their first rendezvous since Seoul and Beijing agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

"Through this meeting, the two presidents plan to further strengthen their strategic partnership and discuss ways for future-oriented cooperation."

It's also being carefully watched by many as how their bilateral relations work out will certainly have profound impact on other regional issues including North Korea.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, Danang.
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