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S. Korea, China, Japan still coordinating when to hold summit: official

All Headlines 08:33 April 04, 2013

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, China and Japan are still discussing when to hold their annual cooperation summit, a senior official at Seoul's presidential office said Thursday, following a news report that Beijing asked for its postponement.

Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that China demanded the summit, which has taken place in May in the past, be put off, citing its territorial dispute with Tokyo over a group of islands in the East China Sea. The three countries have alternately hosted the summit, and it is Seoul's turn to do so this year.

"It is still too early to say that there was a request for postponement. We need to do more coordination," said Ju Chul-ki, the senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs and security, adding that South Korea is waiting for China's decision.

"The three countries should reach agreement. If coordination goes well, it will be held (in May). Otherwise, it could be delayed a little bit," he said. "What is clear is that the meeting will be held."

jschang@yna.co.kr
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