South Korea urged to invest more in Philippines


Speaking from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Saturday, Kang Kyung-wha said two months without any nuclear tests from the North was a good sign, reports Bloomberg.

While neither president made mention of North Korea, it was, without a doubt, among the critical issues that will be taken up in Manila. At present, the stance of the former is that any dialogue is possible only after nuclear freeze whereas that of the latter is that North Korea's nuclear provocations and joint military drills of the United States and South Korea should be stopped at the same time.

In his opening remarks during the 19th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit on Monday, Moon sought to introduce to leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) South Korea's initiatives to bring the bilateral cooperation between the two regions to a higher level.

Still, Moon's planned visit to China coincides with an improvement in relations after the nations agreed to put aside a dispute over the deployment of a USA missile shield on South Korean soil.

The two countries agreed to normalize their ties in a joint statement issued by their foreign ministries on October 31. "We hope that the two sides can work together to put the two countries' ties on a normal track of development at an early date".

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The annual forum involves the leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries, as well as those of South Korea, China and Japan. The deployment of Thaad has contributed to a 0.4 percentage point drop in South Korea's gross domestic product growth in 2017, according to Bank of Korea estimates, preventing it from growing at the fastest pace since 2011.

The sabre-rattling has complicated China's relations with South Korea.

President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prior to further bilateral talks at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila on November 13.

It's for this reason that the global community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as possible, including through use of sanctions, Moon said Tuesday, per Reuters. They reaffirmed that their two countries have a great responsibility to ensure regional and global peace and prosperity.