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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