Indonesia, South Korea Upgrade Strategic Partnership

Lucy Bush
November 13, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping met here Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the two compared notes on bilateral ties and the Korean Peninsula situation.

Their talks will be held Saturday, their second bilateral meeting since the new Korean president took office in May. For the next two days, President Moon will attend the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, along with officials and leaders from 20 other member economies.

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At the end of last month, the two countries put bilateral ties back on track after a yearlong standoff over the deployment of the USA -led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) battery in Korea, and the recent summit further cements the normalization of relations.

Moon arrived in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang where he was scheduled to attend the APEC summit and a series of bilateral meetings with global leaders, including Xi. There are also signs of a battle of nerves for economic leadership in the Asia-Pacific region between the United States and China, dominant players in the global economy.

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The Moon-Xi meeting came after months of dispute caused by China's protest against the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.

As part of a broader effort to boost the tourism industry, the government said Friday it will temporarily allow tourists from three Southeast Asian countries - Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines - to enter the country without a visa.

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South Korea and Indonesia reached a series of business cooperation agreements Thursday (Nov 9) that could be worth nearly US$2 billion if finalised, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

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