East Asia’s prosperity and stability: A preview of the 8th China-Japan-ROK SummitUnofficialChina December 21, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui said on Thursday (December 19) that the eighth China-Japan-Korea Summit will be held next week in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. The summit will have an impact on the direction and focus of future cooperation between the three countries.
According to Luo Zhaohui, Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing, respectively. State Council Premier Li Keqiang will chair the meeting and meet with South Korean and Japanese leaders respectively.
In addition to the official meeting of the leaders, the leaders of the three countries will also attend the China-Japan-Korea Business Summit, meet with reporters, and attend the activities marking the 20th anniversary of the trilateral cooperation.
Yonhap News Agency reported that the information provided by Blue House said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet with Xi Jinping in Beijing on December 23 to discuss issues such as promoting bilateral relations and the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
Just before this meeting, North Korea issued a warning that if the United States fails to make concessions to restart negotiations on the nuclear issue before the end of this year, North Korea will embark on “a new path.”
It is speculated that North Korea may conduct long-range missile tests in protest. As a result, the situation on the Korean Peninsula has become tense.
China and Russia introduced a draft resolution at the United Nations this week, suggesting that they hope to lift several sanctions against North Korea to ease tensions.
Luo Zhaohui said that the three-nation summit will strive to exert a constructive influence on the realization of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. But he said tripartite leaders would not discuss the draft UN resolution.
Yonhap News Agency said that next Monday, Wen Zaiyin plans to hold one-on-one talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss specific ways to promote cooperation between the two countries.
The Japanese government also announced on Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China from December 23 to 25, and talk with Xi Jinping in Beijing on the 23rd, attend the three leaders ’meeting on the 24th, and meet with Wen Zaiyin on the same day, Japan held bilateral talks with Li Keqiang in Chengdu.
The last official talk between Abe and Moon Jae-in was September 2018. Tensions have arisen between the two countries over differences in compensation between Japanese companies forcing Korean workers in the past and Japan ’s imposition of export restrictions on South Korea. Whether the talks can slow the relationship between the two sides has attracted extra attention.