Seoul, Aug 16: The Foreign Ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting in Beijing next week, to discuss a three-way cooperation, apart from regional and international situation, Seoul foreign ministry said on Friday. "The upcoming meeting is expected to help strengthen the foundation for institutionalising and fleshing out the system of cooperation among the three countries," the ministry said in a statement here.
According to Yonhap news agency, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, along with her Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Wang Yi and Taro Kono, respectively, plan to hold talks from Tuesday to Thursday, but they are still coordinating over whether they would meet bilaterally. The trilateral diplomats' meeting was established in 2007, to promote cooperation, regional security and the economy in South Korea, China and Japan. The last meeting was held in Tokyo in 2016.
The main question is whether Ms Kang and her Japanese counterpart Mr Kono, will discuss a diplomatic solution to their countries' ongoing conflict over trade and history. Tensions escalated last month, after Japan imposed tighter restrictions on exports to South Korea of three high-tech material, which are key to the production of semi-conductors and displays, and stripped Seoul this month of preferential trade status.
According to the ministry, the officials are also expected to discuss preparations for a possible trilateral meeting between the leaders of their respective countries - South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, later this year.(UNI)