South Korea and China have agreed to maintain their constructive cooperation to establish peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
During his talks Thursday at the Blue House with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, President Moon asked China for its continued support, especially now ahead of a critical turning point.
"I believe we face an important turning point on the way to complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. I ask for continued support from the Chinese government until a peaceful, nuclear-free era arrives on the Peninsula."
President Moon also asked China for its support for his vision to transform the demilitarized zone into a global peace zone.
His call for Beijing to play a more active role comes as North Korea and the U.S. struggle to narrow their differences on denuclearization before Kim Jong-un's year-end deadline.
The president also said he anticipates the planned trilateral summit between Korea, China and Japan in Chengdu later this month will yield productive outcomes.
He especially expressed hopes for President Xi Jinping to pay a state visit to South Korea next year, which would help advance their strategic partnership.
The Chinese foreign minister agreed on the importance of the upcoming talks.
But he had a message of his own criticism toward the United States.
"The world order is being threatened by unilateralism and power politics. Korea and China, as neighbors, need to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue to protect free trade and abide by international rules."
The U.S. was not mentioned by name, but the remarks are an evident jab at the Trump administration's policy on trade.
Wang delivered a similar message in his talks with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha the day before.
Also at a luncheon Thursday with Korean politicians and business leaders, he said the world order has been damaged by unilateralism and hegemonic acts, adding that China's rise is "inevitable."
Wang even said explicitly that Washington is to blame for the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD in Korea, which led to the dispute between Seoul and Beijing in 2017.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Korea and China have agreed to work together to handle the THAAD issue appropriately, respecting each their interests.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.