Korea, China Call for Cooperation with Japan

      September 03, 2015 10:49

      President Park Geun-hye shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. /Newsis

      President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday affirmed the need for cooperation with Japan to resolve regional problems.

      Park is in Beijing on a three-day visit for celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

      "The two leaders agreed that the three-way cooperation system should exist as a tool to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia," Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement.

      They promised to work to resume the trilateral summits, which have been suspended since May 2012, within this year.

      The presidential office said Xi lauded Park's efforts to get trilateral cooperation on a more even keel.

      The first trilateral summit was held in 1999 on the sidelines of the ASEAN+3 meeting in the Philippines, but the meetings stopped in May 2012 because of Japan's drift to the far right, historical revisionism and territorial ambitions.

      Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo said Japan wishes to cooperate in holding the trilateral summit before the end of this year.

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