China, Japan, and South Korea aim to handle sensitive issues and revive relations

On 26th May, Chinese Premier Li Qiang holds a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul, South Korea, during the ninth Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, Japan, and South Korea.

27th May 2024 – (Seoul) Chinese Premier Li Qiang has emphasized the importance of properly addressing sensitive issues and differences while taking care of each country’s core interests and major concerns. Li made these remarks during a joint press conference with South Korean and Japanese leaders at the ninth Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, Japan, and South Korea.

Li commended what he referred to as a restart in relations with Japan and South Korea during the first three-way talks in four years, held in Seoul. The objective of the meeting was to revitalize trade and security dialogues that have been hindered by global tensions.

The Chinese Premier, along with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is set to adopt a joint statement covering six key areas, including the economy and trade, science and technology, people-to-people exchanges, and health and the ageing population, according to Seoul officials.

Additionally, there are reports that the three leaders may agree to resume negotiations on a three-party free trade agreement, which have been on hold since 2019, as stated by Japanese media.

The trilateral discussions seek to strengthen cooperation and foster stronger ties among China, Japan, and South Korea. By addressing sensitive issues and differences in a constructive manner, the leaders aim to promote stability and mutual understanding in the region.

These talks come at a crucial time when global tensions have strained relationships between countries. The leaders’ commitment to restarting relations and pursuing collaboration reflects a shared desire to overcome challenges and work towards common goals.