South Korean President Moon stresses trust, friendship in opening new chapter in S. Korea, China ties
Updated: 2017-12-14 21:39:42 KST
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in China for a four-day state visit.
The highlight of the day: a bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung is traveling with the president.
She joins us from Beijing.
Connyoung, the two leaders have concluded the talks for today?
The two presidents' third bilateral summit since South Korean president Moon Jae-in took office has come to a close.
To recount the series of events this evening here in Beijing President Moon's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off with an official welcoming ceremony by President Xi at the Great Hall of the People.
As is customary with most state visits, the South Korean president and Frist Lady Kim Jung-sook were greeted by honor guards, a military band and 21 gun salutes.
The two leaders got right down to business marching ahead with an expanded bilateral summit. Now, the meeting lasted twenty minutes longer than the initially scheduled xx which was followed by the signing of more than a dozen memorandum of understandings for bilateral cooperation in various sectors.
Presidents Moon and Xi faced each other again afterwards for a smaller scale bilateral which allows only a few aides to accompany the two presidents as they speak.
Now, during the expanded bilateral, South Korean President Moon touched upon a number of issues of interest.
One, the South Korea leader reaffirmed his desire to open a new chapter for bilateral relations based on trust and friendship between the two leaders.
He also drew commonalities between himself and President Xi, highlighting their shared value of putting people's interest before anything else in running the nation.
Based on such consensus, Mr. Moon said he hoped the two countries could together create momentum for future growth engines and cooperative projects.
On North Korea the South Korean leader said he anticipated discussions with his Chinese counterpart to come up with specific cooperative measures for a peaceful solution to North Korea's nuclear issue and to establish lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
Now, Chinese President Xi Jinping also agreed that this was a critical moment for South Korea, China bilateral relations and that the two nations have experienced a deterioration in ties due to reasons that we are all aware of.
He also said he valued the relationship and would work for a vision that's mutually beneficial through cooperation over a wide range of issues.
Now, we are expecting a press statement from the two governments following the small-scale bilateral summit. Let me note that it is unusual for heads of state to not hold a joint presser or release a joint statement following a leaders' summit.
That's been pointed to various reasons. reasons we will find out in a short while.
Another looming factor as the two leaders entered talks: two photo journalists from South Korea, part of the presidential press corps traveling with the president, were assaulted by Chinese guards while the were covering the South Korean president at a trade fair event earlier today. They were beaten by a group of local security guards and are now hospitalized.
For clarification purposes, these are Blue House resident reporters registered with South Korea's presidential office as well as the Chinese government for this presidential trip.