China, Japan and South Korea Hold High Level Meeting

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China-Japan hold security meet in Tokyo after 4 years

March 19, 2015, 5:05 am

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Foreign and defense officials from China and Japan kicked off a high-level security meeting in Tokyo on 19 March 2015 [Xinhua]
Foreign and defense officials from China and Japan kicked off a high-level security meeting in Tokyo on Thursday, the first between the two sides in more than four years.

Liu Jianchao, China’s assistant foreign minister, told the meeting that international security situation has changed dramatically in the four years and the situation around China and Japan is also getting “more sophisticated” during the period.

“I hope both sides will exchange views positively, aggressively and in a practical manner through this dialogue and achieve such targets as setting aside minor differences for the common good, fostering trust and promoting cooperation,” the Chinese Minister said,

The Chinese diplomat also called for a sincere and pragmatic attitude to improve talks and bilateral cooperation.

China-Japan ties worsened owing to Chinese disappointment at Japan’s refusal to atone for its wartime past and a brewing territorial dispute.

Frayed relations witnessed a turning point last year with the signing of a four-point agreement, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister said on Thursday, adding Beijing hopes to develop ties with Tokyo in the spirit of “taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future”.

Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama said the “best way to dissolve the concerns is to hold direct dialogue”.

“Ties between Japan and China have been making a gradual advance since last year’s summit meeting but there still are concerns over each other’s security policy,” said Sugiyama.

Senior officials from both sides’ defense ministries also took part in the Tokyo meet.

The talks, launched in 1993, were last held in Beijing in January 2011 but were suspended after Japan decided to “nationalize” the disputed islands, called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan.

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said earlier this month that the chance to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is available for all Asian countries including Japan by March 31, and the ball is in Japan’s court.

“They told us they are considering. Whether Japan will join, we do not know. It is Japan’s own decision,” Lou said.

China is Japan’s largest trading partner for the past several years but the strain in ties has taken a toll on bilateral trade between the world’s second and third largest economies.

TBP and Agencies

China, Japan, S. Korea to hold first FM talks in three years

March 17, 2015 5:57 AM

China, Japan and South Korea will this week hold the first meeting of their foreign ministers for three years, Tokyo said Tuesday, the latest sign of a gradual thaw in East Asian relations.

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The three men will meet in Seoul on Saturday, a Japanese foreign ministry official said, the first time the countries’ top diplomats have held talks since April 2012.

“Cooperation among the three countries is important for Japan and we naturally hope this foreign ministers’ meeting will lead to a summit in the future,” the official said.

No date had been set yet for a three-way summit, he added. Leaders from the three countries last met in May 2012.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed the meeting, which he said would be an opportunity for set the tone for future relations.

“Foreign ministers of the three countries will review the progress made during trilateral cooperation and exchange views on the principles that should be held and the future direction of trilateral cooperation,” he told reporters in Beijing.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pa …

While relations between China and South Korea are strong, both have strained ties with Japan, chiefly because of historical and territorial disputes.

Japan and China have long been at odds over the sovereignty of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which Japan administers and calls the Senkakus, but which China claims as the Diaoyus.

Relations soured further in 2012 when the Japanese government angered China by nationalising some of the islands.

Since then, Tokyo and Beijing have routinely clashed over the issue, with official Chinese ships and aircraft regularly testing Japanese forces.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping staged a frosty handshake on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in November, but ties remain under pressure.

‘Strategic liability’

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has held two summits with Xi, but only sat down with Abe at a three-way summit under pressure from Washington.

Seoul-Tokyo ties have always been problematic, given the bitter legacy of Japan’s 1910-45 rule over the Korean peninsula.

As well as a dispute over some South Korea-controlled islets, Seoul feels Tokyo has yet to fully atone for the excesses of its colonial past and the forced recruitment of South Korean women to wartime military brothels.

The friction is a source of irritation for Washington, which would rather its two key regional allies could bury the hatchet and instead focus on forming a united front against an increasingly assertive China.

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, in Seoul Tuesday, said relationship difficulties needed to be ironed out for the good of everyone.

“We will work to support the improvement in bilateral relations between Japan and Korea,” Russel said, adding that the US was friends with both nations.

“Tension between those two friends constitutes a strategic liability to all of us,” he said.

He also urged the Asian players to deal with the “legacy of history in a way that creates progress for the 21st Century”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Tokyo to mark the 70th anniversary of the global body, on Monday called on leaders from the three countries to promote dialogue “in a forward-looking manner”.

“I would urge leaders in the region to be future-oriented, remembering the past,” he said.

“We should move forward in a spirit of cooperation for our mutual benefit to achieve common prosperity and shared goals.”

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