China, Japan and South Korea have basically agreed to hold a deputy foreign minister-level meeting in Seoul in early November to weigh the feasibility of holding a trilateral summit by the end of the year, Kyodo News Agency reported late Tuesday, citing several diplomatic sources. Vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin, Japanese deputy foreign minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and South Korean deputy foreign minister for political affairs Lee Kyung-soo are expected to take part in the meeting. Sugiyama may hold separate bilateral talks with his Chinese and South Korean counterparts, the report said. The annual trilateral summit is not likely to be held this year amid tensions over historical and territorial issues, a Japanese government source was quoted as saying.
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