TOKYO (Reuters) – The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Wednesday in a powerful gesture of solidarity against the backdrop of historic diplomatic moves by North Korea and a push for the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons.
Last held in Seoul in 2015, the three-way summit has regularly brought together the East Asian neighbors, but this week’s gathering comes amid an unusual period of calm for ties often beset by territorial and historical disputes.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also hold separate meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who is making a state visit, the first by a Chinese premier since 2010.
“For our three nations, building future-oriented cooperative relations is extremely important for the region as a whole,” Abe said at the start of the trilateral meeting.
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China has said regional cooperation will dominate the meeting, but Abe showed that North Korea will inevitably figure heavily following Moon’s historic meeting with the North’s Kim Jong Un last month, and ahead of an expected summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim.
Praising Moon’s recent leadership as well as Chinese moves to engage North Korea, which resulted in a sudden visit by Kim to China’s Dalian on Tuesday, Abe said further efforts toward denuclearization were essential.
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“We’d like to build on these efforts as well as the actions of the United Nations to pursue complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization,” he said.
“We three nations need to...
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