Saturday’s ministerial meeting in the South Korean capital, Seoul, was partly aimed at restoring what was once an annual leadership summit between the three countries, the South Korean foreign minister said ahead of the gathering. “Efforts are necessary to create the conditions for the summit meeting to be realized,” Yun Byung-se (left above) told South Korean media this week. The last three-way summit and the last meeting of foreign ministers were held in mid-2012, with a number of historical and diplomatic issues complicating relations. In a joint statement, South Korean Foreign Minister Yoon Byung-se and his Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Wang Yi and Fumio Kishida, said they had agreed to work towards a three-way summit of their respective leaders “at the earliest convenient time.” Saturday’s gathering started with a series of bilateral talks. South Korean President Park Geun-hye also attended the meeting. Fraught ties with Japan China and South Korea, who themselves have experienced a recent upswing in bilateral relations, both continue to accuse Japan of failing atone sufficiently for its wartime actions, including the colonization of the Korean peninsula and occupation of parts of China before and during the Second World War. Both Beijing and Seoul are also embroiled… Read full this story
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