Why It Matters

Chance to reset East Asia ties

Ten years ago, when the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea converged on Fukuoka, Japan, for their first summit outside the Asean Plus Three framework, they vowed to set aside their longstanding differences and make it an annual affair in a big win for East Asian regionalism.

The trilateral meeting was held annually between 2008 and 2012, after which it stopped due to tensions among the countries and domestic issues. It resumed in 2015, before stalling again.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2018, with the headline 'Chance to reset East Asia ties'. Print Edition | Subscribe