China, Japan and South Korea met for the first time since 2019


It is reported Reuters.

Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo have agreed to hold annual summits since 2008 to boost diplomatic and economic exchanges, but bilateral disputes and the COVID-19 pandemic have interrupted that plan, and the three leaders last met in 2019.

The three top diplomats met in Busan for their first such meeting since 2019, after officials from the three countries agreed in September to hold a trilateral summit at the “nearest convenient time”.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin said he hoped to hold in-depth discussions on the North Korean issue, aiming to reach a “practical result” on issues such as people-to-people exchanges, climate change, trade and the economy.

“First of all, it is important to continue to institutionalize trilateral cooperation so that it becomes a stable and sustainable system,” Park said during the meeting.

He added that the officials will work to ensure that the summit of the leaders of the three countries takes place as soon as possible.

Also on Sunday, Park met separately with his counterparts, Japanese leader Yoko Kamikawa and Chinese leader Wang Yi.

Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Park and Kamikawa condemned North Korea’s launch of its first spy satellite last week and agreed to step up their response to the arms deals between Pyongyang and Moscow.

Beijing’s foreign ministry said Wang warned Park against politicizing economic and technology issues amid tensions between China and the United States over semiconductors and other trade disputes.

  • On November 4, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was working with the Philippines and the US to protect the freedom of the South China Sea amid tensions with China in the region.
  • On November 19, Japanese marines in amphibious assault vehicles stormed the beach of Tokunoshima Island in the East China Sea to simulate pushing the invaders out of an area that Tokyo believed was vulnerable to attack by China.



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