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.