After three years of frosty relations and no meetings, the two nations' leaders say they will try to end an impasse on a World War II issue that has roiled relations and frustrated Washington, their mutual ally.
In a society divided over the past, President Park Geun-hye wants to revise history texts used in middle and high schools that conservatives say are distorted and left-leaning. Critics fear a whitewash of past dictatorships.
Bao Zhuoxuan, a middle school student who was caught earlier this month after escaping to Myanmar, is the son of a prominent lawyer detained in July. US officials say his case is part of a 'systematic campaign' of abuse.
President Thein Sein signed a cease-fire this week with eight rebel groups ahead of a Nov. 8 national election for parliament. But in northern Kachin state, rebels refused to sign and fighting continues.
Indonesian authorities are scrambling to respond after fires spewed haze across the country and blanketed parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Monsoon rains are due to arrive in the next month.