President Moon Jae-in vowed all efforts to help China fight the novel coronavirus, saying it's natural to help a neighbor in need.
He made the remarks to the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming on Friday.
The president added that bilateral ties will be able to further develop once China overcomes the outbreak and can focus on economic development.
Xing thanked Moon, saying he was deeply touched when the president said that "China's difficulties are those of South Korea's."
The Chinese envoy also reaffirmed Beijing's support for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
To Japan's new Ambassador to South Korea Koji Tomita. Moon said he agreed on the need for more talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The president said he's aware that Abe said he wants a relationship where they meet more often adding that he shares that view.
Moon and Abe held summit talks last December where they vowed to meet frequently, after bilateral ties soured over their disputes on trade and historical issues.
Moon added that Seoul will do its best to help make the Tokyo Olympics a success this summer. He also called for more active cooperation between South Korea and Japan, especially amid the struggling global economy and the coronavirus outbreak.
Tomita also agreed on the need to boost bilateral ties, adding that he will do his best for the two leaders to meet and communicate more often.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.