China, Japan, South Korea foreign ministers to meet on Wednesday

Beijing, Aug. 22 : Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Monday said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be joining his counterparts from Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in a ministerial meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Apart from reviewing the progress of trilateral cooperation, Lu said that the foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea will discuss the development direction of trilateral cooperation in the future and exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern, reports Xinhua.

He added that under a rotation system, Japan will chair and host the 8th trilateral foreign ministers meeting.

Relations between the three big Asian economies have been shaky over territorial issues. Apart from the South China Sea dispute, ties between China and Japan strained after Chinese coastguard sailed near the disputed islets in the East China Sea.

Japan also has territorial dispute with South Korea over small islands about half way between their mainlands.

Tension between South Korea and China has also escalated over joint decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

Source: ANI