Japan, China, South Korea foreign ministers to meet in Tokyo on Wednesday

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is set to host a dinner for his Chinese and South Korean counterparts on Tuesday (Aug 23) night.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is set to host a dinner for his Chinese and South Korean counterparts on Tuesday (Aug 23) night.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - Foreign ministers from Japan, China, and South Korea will meet on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday (Aug 22).

The meeting at the Iikura Guest House will be attended by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se. They will be discussing "trilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues", the statement said.

Mr Kishida will host a dinner on Tuesday night.

The meeting, which had been scheduled for this week, was thrown into doubt over the weekend. Japan's deputy foreign minister Takeo Akiba had said on Sunday, after a working-level meeting with his counterparts in Tokyo, that the three sides had failed to fix a meeting for the foreign ministers.

"We have yet to reach the stage where we can announce a specific date. We hope to announce it sooner rather than later," the Kyodo news agency quoted Mr Akiba as saying.

The foreign minister meeting on Wednesday precedes a trilateral summit, slated for later this year in Tokyo, that will be hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The annual trilateral summit had resumed last year, in Seoul, after a three-year hiatus due to tensions in North East Asia. It was attended by Mr Abe, as well as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Park Geun Hye