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Trilateral foreign ministerial to be held tomorrow for the first time in 17 months

TBS reported at noon that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang will arrive in Japan this evening for the first time since he took office to attend the planned trilateral foreign ministerial slated for August 24 in Tokyo, saying that the foreign ministers of Japan and China are planning to discuss the issue of Chinese vessels operating within Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands. The network also said FM Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun are expected to exchange views on the timing of Japan’s 1 billion yen contribution to the comfort women foundation and the operation of the foundation. The network said attention will be focused on whether the three foreign ministers will be able to lay the groundwork for a trilateral summit within this year, adding that the ministers are also expected to discuss North Korea. Fuji TV reported that while FM Kishida is planning to clearly state Japan’s position on the issue of Chinese vessels intruding into Japanese waters, he is also planning to lay the groundwork for a Japan-China summit as early as September, adding that a MOFA source told the network that “the purpose of the meeting is not to fight” and that it is “important that the meeting leads to a summit.”

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