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At the Japan-South Korea-China trilateral summit, an opportunity to manage tensions

The first Japan-China-South Korea trilateral summit since 2019 may not conclude with a set of concrete outcomes, but simply holding the meeting on Monday will be an achievement in itself.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will travel to Seoul, host of the summit, where he will meet with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Chinese Premier Li Qiang, as the three neighbors seek to renew trilateral talks to help promote cooperation. communication and managing tensions. amid growing friction over economic and security issues.

“That the trio is meeting is good,” said Robert Ward, Japan’s chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies think tank. Although the three countries are geographically close, meetings like this “are comparatively rare.”

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