Monday’s Nikkei wrote that the vice foreign ministers of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea will assemble in Seoul ahead of the inauguration of the Trump administration on Jan. 20 in order to confirm trilateral coordination in dealing with North Korea. The top diplomats are also expected to affirm mutual security cooperation to counter China’s aggressive naval operations.
However, today’s Asahi said the vice ministerial meeting will be held in Washington on around Jan. 5, noting that the USG has asked for the meeting to be convened in the U.S. capital instead of Seoul to remind the incoming Trump administration of the importance of trilateral partnership. Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama will join Deputy Secretary of State Blinken and his ROK counterpart. Sugiyama is reportedly also hoping to hold a meeting with National Security Advisor-designate Flynn and others in the Trump transition team.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s Sankei wrote that Secretary General Yachi of the National Security Secretariat and National Security Advisor-designate Michael Flynn held talks on Thursday and agreed to deepen mutual security coordination with China’s maritime advancement and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development in mind. Yachi also met with current National Security Advisor Susan Rice.