Japan, China and South Korea said on Sunday that they have “completely restored” cooperation on trade and security issues and that they will work together in future.
Following a summit in Seoul, leaders of the three nations said in a statement that they have agreed to resume annual trilateral meetings which had been suspended since 2012.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also pledged to improve economic dialogue.
Park said she agreed with Abe and Li to work toward the conclusion of a 16-nation free trade area as well as a separate three-way trade deal that has been on the table since 2013, Reuters reported.
“We agreed to work together for the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership,” Park was quoted as saying at a news conference with Li and Abe after the summit.
“We agreed to expand economic and social cooperation for the mutual prosperity of Northeast Asia, and also to strengthen cooperation among the three countries to create new growth momentum.”
The trilateral summit in Seoul was an attempt to ease ill-feeling fuelled by territorial disputes and historical disagreements.
China and South Korea say Japan has not done enough to atone for its war-time atrocities.
“Japan, China and South Korea are neighbors, and because we are neighbors, there are difficult issues among us,” Abe said.
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