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South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers his speech on the 2018 budget bill during a plenary session at the National Assembly in Seoul South Korea

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Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to resume dialogue with North Korea, state news agency Mr Xinhua reports.

On people-to-people exchanges, Indonesia and South Korea agreed to intensify cooperation and promote bilateral tourism by facilitating more direct flights and simplifying visa procedures for Indonesian tourists. "APEC, which has achieved brilliant growth over the past thirty years, has become the center of economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, and the scale of regional trade has increased by more than 7% each year", Moon said while attending a meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), which convened in Da Nang.

The two leaders last met in July in Berlin, on the sidelines of the Group of 20, or G-20, summit.

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Xi noted his meeting with the South Korean leader marked a turnaround in South Korea-China relations.

According to the sources, visitors entering through the Yangyang International Airport will be allowed free entry into the host city of 2018 Winter Olympics- Pyeongchang. "In ASEAN Indonesia has the greatest role, so that we want to be earlier than other nations in persuading Indonesia", said Moon.

Moon's visit to Indonesia is his first to Southeast Asia since taking office.

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement afterward that Xi reiterated China's position on Thaad and that Moon said that he recognized China's concerns and that Korea has no intention of harming its security interests.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend a joint press conference in Bogor, Indonesia on November 9, 2017.

The Chinese president also underscored the importance of South Korea-China relations, saying the conditions on the Korean Peninsula were at a "pivotal" juncture.

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