President Moon heads to Vietnam, bilateral summit with China's Xi Jinping

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

During Saturday's summit, Moon and Xi also agreed to quickly normalise bilateral exchanges in all sectors, reiterating an agreement announced last month to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of a United States anti-missile system.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with other leaders before an APEC photo call on Saturday. "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.

President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to their talks in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11.

Indonesia and South Korea established diplomatic ties in 1973.

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South Korea attaches importance to China's concern on the THAAD issue, and has no intention to harm China's interests of strategic security, he said.

By agreeing on Moon's visit to Beijing in December, the first step is now seen as having been achieved. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit that began the previous day.

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. "South Korea must expand its imports of agricultural goods or resources from Asean countries in the future", he said.

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