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S. Korea, China, Japan to hold talks on collaboration in South America

All News 16:24 January 24, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, China and Japan will hold talks this week to discuss trilateral collaboration on issues involving the Central and South American region, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, a rare three-way dialogue which comes amid on-going diplomatic tensions among the neighbors.

The trilateral talks will bring together the Central and South American affairs director-generals from the three countries in Beijing on Wednesday for the 10th round of meetings on the issue, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the sidelines, South Korea will also hold bilateral director-general talks separately with China and Japan on the Central and South America collaboration front.

The trilateral talks, an annual meeting which was launched in 2004, mark a rare dialogue among the three nations at a time when South Korea is entangled in unusually thorny diplomatic feuds with the other two over an anti-missile defense system and historical issues.

In the upcoming talks, the officials will discuss political and economic situations in Central and South America and coordinate their policies toward the region, according to the ministry. They are expected to touch on issues to forge better three-nation collaboration, it also said.

Talks will moreover delve into ways the neighbors can work together to counter growing protectionism trends. The meeting takes places as Donald Trump was sworn in as the new U.S. president who has vowed to focus on putting U.S. interests as the top priority.


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