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South Korean president continues ASEAN diplomacy; One-on-one with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang carefully watched Updated: 2017-11-13 20:00:19 KST

From Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
It's a fiesta for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders, dialogue partners, and their spouses at the ASEAN Summit 2017 hosted by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

South Korean president continues to stay on course trumpeting efforts to build stronger economic and diplomatic ties with the ASEAN region.

Over the next two days, the South Korean leader meets the leaders of the 10 Southeast Asian member-states, those ten and China and Japan within the ASEAN Plus Three framework, and in the form of the East Asia Summit which involves the thirteen plus five other dialogue partners which includes the U.S. and Russia.

Mr. Moon also has a series of one-on-ones lined up on the margins of the main events; on the other side of the table Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The highlight of President Moon's bilaterals here in Manila will be his face-to-face talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

"We expect the talks between our president and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to focus on specific, detailed measures to improve our bilateral relations particularly in the area of economic and trade relations as discussed and agreed by Presidents Moon and Xi during their summit in Vietnam."

Coming fresh on the heels of the Seoul, Beijing bilateral summit, it'll be interesting to see how and to what extent the two will actually end a year-long standoff over the deployment of U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, Manila.

This just coming in We're learning that President Moon's meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is currently underway after being delayed a few times throughout the evening as all of their multilateral summits earlier in the day lasted longer than initially scheduled.
Our Moon Connyoung will keep you posted on the updates from the meeting.
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