President Moon flew to Argentina to attend G20 opened on 30 November under the title Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development. Moon delivered his belief that the peace in the Korean Peninsula will boost both regional and global economy and asked G20’s cooperation. He also emphasized on inclusive policy.
Moon said that G20 has responsibility for sustainable growth and stability of financial market and G20 must hold fast to the principle of free trade; it is the role of the WTO to take part in fair trade and the IMF should prepare for any possible financial crisis.
He said that he believes that the driving force of global economy is multilateralism. Multilateralism is the power to make peace and this was the reason he suggested ‘East Asia Railway Community’ this August. The railway will connect the North and the South and East Asia and Europe under the cooperation of 6 East Asian countries and the US.
Moon also presented his policies on people first, innovative growth and income-led growth and gender equality as a way to raise overall quality of job and life.
Moon meets world leaders
Moon had summit with the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa while First Lady Kim was taking her part with first ladies of the world.
Moon and Rutte discussed on substantial cooperation and current affairs in the Korean Peninsula as well as the world and agreed to raise the relations to future-oriented partnership. The two leaders praised highly of surpassing the trade volume of US$10B and the Netherlands being the No.1 investor in Korea among European countries. Rutte asked Moon to visit the Netherlands in a convenient time and Moon asked Rutte the same.
Moon and Ramaphosa shared the same opinions on the special ties formed between the two countries during the Korean War and hoped to widen the cooperation to various fields. Moon showed his gratitude to South Africa’s support for peace in the Korean Peninsula and Ramaphosa showed his will of continuous support. They agreed on expanding investment and cooperation to culture and manpower.
Meanwhile, First Lady Kim joined G20 Spouses and toured Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and attended at a reception held by Argentinean First Lady Juliana Awada.
Moon meets Trump
Moon met Trump on 30 November and talked for 30 minutes without attendees. They shared the same view on the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula and agreed to continue the strong alliance while maintaining the sanctions on the North until the denuclearization is completed.
Moon praised Trump for excellent leadership and determination that has drawn the negotiation this much and Trump praised Moon for easing the tension in the Korean Peninsula and creating the thawing mood.
Trump showed his will for the second summit with Kim early next year and said that the US and S. Korea will work in close to turn the summit a historic milestone. The two leaders also shared the view that Kim’s visit to the South will provide a momentum to drive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula.
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