Chinese state-run media on Monday played down South Korea's expansion of its air defence identification zone, weeks after Beijing provoked regional fury by establishing its own.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong begins his visits to South Korea and Japan on Tuesday to further strengthen bilateral ties with both countries.
Asian markets mostly rose on Monday and the dollar edged higher against the yen as Wall Street rallied in response to a surprisingly sharp fall in the US jobless rate.
A clearly relieved American war veteran freed by North Korea after more than a month in detention arrived home in the United States on Saturday where he was greeted by his family.
US Vice President Joe Biden said Friday there should be no doubt about US commitment to its strategic shift to Asia as he started the final leg of a regional tour dominated by security concerns.
South Korea on Sunday declared an expanded air defence zone overlapping one recently announced by China that has sharply increased regional tensions.
South Korea is, in a way, caught in the middle with the US and Japan standing together on one side strongly protesting against China's controversial air defence zone. And analysts in Seoul say the government will need to make its position clear ...
The United States has strenuously objected to China's new air zone over islands managed by Japan, but experts say its best hope is to contain rather than end tensions.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged South Korea on Thursday to embark on an ambitious programme of costly social and economic reforms to ensure longer-term growth of up to 4.0 per cent.