President Moon Jae-in held his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin on Thursday.
They discussed security issues concerning the Korean Peninsula, including the North Korean nuclear program and South Korea's deployment of U.S.-provided THAAD missile defense.
Ahead of the talks, Moon said he is thankful and pleased to meet with Xi amid increasing high-ranking exchanges between South Korea and China, mentioning a South Korean delegation he sent to China's One Belt, One Road Summit in May.
Moon said Seoul-Beijing cooperation is not only important in economic matters but also for the denuclearization of the North and building peace on the peninsula.
Noting this year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral relations, Moon expressed hope the two countries will further develop their relations into a practical and strategic cooperative partnership.
Xi said he sees the meeting as an opportunity to exchange opinions on the issues of mutual interests, and added he hopes the by communicating candidly the two sides can enhance bilateral understanding and partnership.
Source: KBS World Radio