The state visit to China this past week helped address and wrap up the most imminent diplomatic challenges facing South Korea within the year.
That's South Korean President Moon Jae-in's assessment of his four-day trip as he came face to face with his top aides for the first time since returning home over the weekend.
"Through this visit, South Korea and China have been able to establish a stronger and more mature strategic cooperative partnership unswayed by external factors."
His foremost concern back on home soil the economy.
Noting that although the 2017 growth rate for Asia's fourth-largest economy is expected to top the earlier forecast of 3-percent and the nation's job market seeing an upturn the South Korean leader pointed to youth unemployment as an area that remains a persistent problem.
"I urge the government to place extra emphasis on youth employment measures and swiftly execute the US$17.7 bil. job creation budget in the early part of the new year so that the impact can trickle down to the people."
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He also called for efforts to make sure the 2.8 billion U.S. dollar job stabilization fund is properly administered so that small and medium businesses aren't negatively affected by the hike in minimum wage.
Among various issues discussed during the meeting today, the Blue House focused on the abolishment of cumbersome cybersecurity software programs and plug-ins as early as in the first few months of next year as they are not only outdated by the global cybersecurity standard but also lead to a slowdown in user experience especially those living overseas trying to purchase South Korean products online.
"Having completed what the Blue House has termed as "the diplomatic task of the year," the Moon administration is quickly shifting its focus to domestic affairs especially in the business and economic areas with the latest polls showing improvement in economic conditions as number one priority among the average Koreans in the new year.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."