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Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Seoul, South Korea. Credit: CC/Joon Kyu Park

The trilateral summit of the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea, a process begun 25 years ago in 1999 during the economic crisis, is now scheduled for May 26-27 in Seoul, the first such meeting since December 2019 (in part due to Covid, but mainly due to U.S. efforts to foster animosity between them).

Global Times commented on May 10 that “This has been viewed positively in South Korea, with some public opinion suggesting that the South Korean government is making efforts to find balance in its foreign policy.... It is to be commended that since last year, when South Korea took on the role of the rotating chair for trilateral cooperation among China, Japan and South Korea, it has shown a strong willingness to restart high-level dialogues.”

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