Bumpy road ahead for S. Korea-Japan ties but meaningful progress possible with US prodding

South Korean President Moon Jae-in could express an intention to improve relations with Japan in an upcoming speech on March 1, said an expert.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SEOUL/TOKYO - The United States under the Biden administration is set to boost trilateral cooperation with its allies, South Korea and Japan, to keep a rising China in check.

But this would require its two partners to first mend their ties, which has sunk to new lows over historical and trade issues.

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