Trilateral talks on culture were held between representatives of Japan, China, and South Korea here Sunday, with the three nations formally agreeing to hold an “East Asian Cultural City Summit” in Kyoto next year.
The mayors of a total 12 cities in the three countries that have placed importance on cultural exchanges will take part in the summit, slated to be held in November next year in Japan’s former capital. From Japan, the mayors of Kyoto, Nara, Yokohama, and Niigata will attend.
The three countries also agreed to hold co-host academic and cultural events and mutually dispatch artistic delegations in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
In addition, the Jeju Declaration released by the SouthKorean culture ministry was adopted, in which the countries pledged to “work for the creation of East Asian values that contribute to the peace and prosperity of humanity.”
It was attended by Japanese Culture Minister Hirokazu Matsuno, Chinese Vice Culture Minister Ding Wei, and South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jong Deok.
The meeting has been held nearly every year since 2007 with the understanding that cultural exchanges must continue despite the prevailing political and diplomatic tensions between the three countries. It is hoped the cultural summit will strengthen ties at the municipal level.