South Korea Proposes Late-November Foreign Ministerial Talks with Japan, China in Busan

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea has proposed high-level diplomatic talks with Japan and China for late next month. The news was confirmed by Japan's Kyodo News, stating that Tokyo is considering the proposal positively.

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea, the rotating chair of the trilateral framework, has proposed hosting the talks around November 26 in the port city of Busan. The meeting is likely to feature South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The ministers might also engage in bilateral discussions during the trilateral summit. Kyodo News added that the final arrangements for the talks will be determined after considering Beijing's responses and current international circumstances.

The proposed ministerial talks could serve as a precursor to the first trilateral summit among the countries' leaders in four years. The last such summit took place in Chengdu, China, in December 2019. An official from Seoul's foreign ministry confirmed that all three countries have agreed in principle to hold the talks in Busan and are now working to schedule an appropriate date.

The trilateral discussions among Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo usually commence at the working level before progressing to ministerial talks and ultimately, a summit. This raises the possibility of a resumption of the long-stalled trilateral summit later this year.

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