South Korea, China and Japan meet for trilateral dialogue

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South Korea, China and Japan meet for trilateral dialogue

Ankara (ANTARA) – The leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet in Seoul on Monday to hold the first trilateral dialogue since 2019, amid tension over regional security.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese Premier Li Qiang are expected to agree to work together to address common challenges, such as epidemics and an aging population.

The three leaders held consecutive bilateral talks on Sunday (5/26) before holding a tripartite meeting, Seoul-based Yonhap news agency reported.

Monday’s high-level trilateral meeting was the first between Asian countries since December 2019, after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and tensions between South Korea and Japan over historical disputes.

The three leaders will discuss six areas of cooperation, namely economy and trade, sustainable development, health, science and technology, disaster management and security, and community exchanges.

They will issue a joint statement on the results of the summit.

Yoon is expected to discuss ways to encourage strategic communications, expand economic cooperation and trade.

The South Korean president is also said to exchange views on security issues during a bilateral meeting with Li, who is visiting for the first time since taking office in March 2023.

Meanwhile, Yoon and Kishida will likely discuss ways to deepen practical cooperation in various fields and strengthen trilateral cooperation with the United States to prevent threats from North Korea.

Differences between the three leaders over North Korea and regional security issues are unlikely to be resolved at the meeting.

However, South Korean officials said the meeting was an important step in reviving trilateral dialogue to avoid conflicts and increase collaboration in the economic, technological and health sectors.

South Korea’s deputy principal national security adviser, Kim Tae-hyo, said the summit would serve as a “turning point” to restore and normalize the three-way meeting.

The trilateral talks, Kim said, would also provide an opportunity to restore “practical and future-oriented cooperation” between the three countries.

Source: Anadolu

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Translator: Cindy Frishanti Ottavia
Publisher: Tia Mutiasari
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