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Republic of Korea, Japan, China to hold first trilateral summit in 4.5 years

Republic of Korea, Japan, China to hold first trilateral summit in 4.5 years
26 May 2024 09:44


Leaders of the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan are set to meet on Sunday and Monday in Seoul for summit meetings, resuming their trilateral dialogue for the first time since 2019.

According to Yonhap News Agency, President Yoon Suk Yeol will have back-to-back bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the presidential office later in the day and hold a trilateral session with the two leaders on Monday.

This marks the first three-way summit among the Asian countries since December 2019, after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strained Seoul-Tokyo relations over historical disputes.

During a bilateral meeting with Li, Yoon is expected to discuss ways to promote strategic communication, expand economic cooperation and trade, and exchange opinions on security issues.

In his talks with Kishida, Yoon is likely to exchange opinions on ways to deepen practical cooperation in various areas.

On Monday, the three leaders will discuss six areas of cooperation: economy and trade, sustainable development, health issues, science and technology, disaster and safety management, and people-to-people exchanges.

They will adopt a joint statement on the outcome of the summit.

Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hyo said the upcoming summit will serve as a "turning point" for restoring and normalising the trilateral summit and provide an opportunity to recover "future-oriented and practical cooperation" among the three countries.

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