September 25, 2013 12:30
President Park Geun-hye will not take part in any three-way meeting with the Chinese and Japanese leaders on the sidelines of the ASEAN+3 conference in Brunei next month, an official said Monday.
The trilateral summit has been hosted annually by the three countries by turns, but none has been scheduled this year as Japan's rightwing government has alienated its neighbors.
"As of now, there has been no discussion between the three countries as far as a trilateral summit is concerned," the official told the Chosun Ilbo by phone.
The three countries had also traditionally met for lunch on the sidelines of the meeting since 1999, but that stopped last year as relations between Beijing and Tokyo worsened.
This year, Seoul is especially reluctant due to persistent Japanese attempts to whitewash the country's wartime atrocities and other problems.
The annual trilateral summit was to be held in Seoul in May this year, but Park canceled it.
Park will attend the APEC summit in Bali, Indonesia on Oct. 7-8 and the ASEAN+3 conference in Brunei on Oct. 9-10.
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