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Gist of Japanese, Chinese, S. Korean foreign ministerial talks

BEIJING – The following is the gist of talks among the foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea, held at a resort area in Beijing on Wednesday.

 

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono:

— calls on China and South Korea to bolster trilateral cooperation even when respective bilateral ties sour.

— urges China and South Korea to fully implement U.N. sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi:

— asks Japan and South Korea to seek solution to resolve differences “through dialogue.”

 

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha:

— expresses hope that Japan, China and South Korea will stick to “free and fair” trade for prosperity in region.

— emphasizes necessity of eliminating “unilateral and arbitrary” trade retaliatory steps and remove uncertainties in East Asia.

 

Japan, China, South Korea agree to:

— continue to work together to hold trilateral summit by year-end.

— accelerate negotiations to reach regional free trade agreements.

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