S. Korea, China, Japan to hold talks in May

The summit is to be chaired by Japan and attended by (from left) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae In and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
The summit is to be chaired by Japan and attended by (from left) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae In and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. PHOTOS: AFP, BLOOMBERG

SEOUL • South Korea has agreed with China and Japan to hold a three-way summit in May to discuss ways to boost economic, environmental and cultural cooperation, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported.

The summit is to be chaired by Japan and attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae In and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, possibly taking place on May 8-9, the report said on Tuesday.

The last such trilateral summit was held about two years ago in November 2015 in Seoul.

Mr Moon would be the first South Korean president to visit Japan since former president Lee Myung Bak in December 2011.

"Our stance regarding the trilateral summit is the faster it happens, the better. But not before the inter-Korean talks," said an official at Cheong Wa Dae, the Korean name for the presidential Blue House.

Kyodo News Agency also expects Mr Abe to discuss with with Mr Moon issues regarding Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women.

During a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, Mr Li shared plans to visit Japan in the first half of this year for a summit, making him the first Chinese premier to visit Japan since Mr Wen Jiabao in May 2011.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2018, with the headline 'S. Korea, China, Japan to hold talks in May'. Print Edition | Subscribe