Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet from Monday in Seoul for the first trilateral negotiations since 2019, South Korean public news agency Yonhap reported this Thursday.

A trilateral summit will bring together South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, he told Yonhap.

The news was confirmed by other South Korean media, which cited the country’s Presidency.

A first trilateral summit took place in 2008 and the three Asian countries agreed to hold such a meeting between their leaders every year. Something that has not happened since 2019, mainly due to the restrictions imposed by China due to the covid-19 pandemic.


Efforts to strengthen cooperation between Asian neighbors have faced obstacles such as historical disputes over Japanese occupations during World War II and strategic competition between China and the United States, allies of both Seoul and Tokyo.

On May 14, South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yu visited Beijing, where he met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, who lamented the “difficulties and challenges” affecting the relationship between the two countries. .

Beijing laments “difficulties and challenges” in the relationship between China and South Korea

Noting that “there are no fundamental conflicts of interest” between the two parties, Wang stressed the importance of maintaining “regular exchanges” between the two neighboring countries.

According to the same note, Cho Tae-yul expressed hope that this visit would constitute a “significant step” in relations between South Korea and China.

The two ministers also exchanged views on trilateral cooperation between China, Japan and South Korea.

Source: https://observador.pt/2024/05/23/lideres-da-china-japao-e-coreia-do-sul-reunem-se-pela-primeira-vez-desde-2019/

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