The top diplomats of Japan, South Korea, and China met in Busan for their first in-person talks in four years. They discussed preparing for a leaders’ summit and addressing North Korea’s recent spy satellite launch. The COVID-19 pandemic and strained bilateral ties had prevented previous talks. The meeting came after North Korea’s satellite launch, which was condemned by Japan and South Korea. The ministers aim to discuss future trilateral cooperation and exchange views on mutual cooperation in preparing for a summit. China hopes to deepen trilateral cooperation and the Global Times called on Japan and South Korea to demonstrate “more strategic autonomy.” The meeting is significant as all three nations work to address regional and international issues. The related coverage includes Japan’s complaint over South Korea’s “comfort women” ruling and reaffirmation of policy to settle the Fukushima row via talks. Additionally, South Korea is holding top diplomat talks with Japan and China in Busan.
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