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Chinese, S. Korean, Japanese FMs hold talks over trilateral co-op in Ningbo
CNTV, April 8, 2012

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea have met in Ningbo of east China’s Zhejiang province to discuss cooperation between the three nations. Meanwhile Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi has held separate meetings with the two other foreign ministers ahead of the 3-way discussion.

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea have met in Ningbo of east China’s Zhejiang province to discuss cooperation between the three nations.

The closed-door bilateral meetings are being seen as a warm up for the coming 3-way meeting between China, Japan and South Korea. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba that China will continue to enhance high-level exchanges with Japan.

He also noted that the two countries should properly handle sensitive issues on the basis of international norms and the principle of mutual respect.

During his meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, Yang said China will work with South Korea to implement the consensus reached between the countries’ leaders at the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and enhance practical cooperation.

Yang Jiechi expressed hope that the three nations would talk openly and in depth about the future of trilateral cooperation.

At a press conference following the day’s meetings, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin gang told the media that this year, the group will largely focus on the coming fifth trilateral meeting between the three countries’ leaders scheduled for May.

But many reporters had other questions – and the subject of the DPRK’s coming rocket launch was a big one. Qin Gang called on all parties to exercise calm over the matter.

Qin Gang from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, "I think we should act with maximum restraint on this matter to avoid an escalation of tensions that could complicate the situation. All parties should remain calm on this matter."

It’s hoped that better cooperation will not only promote economic and social development in China, Japan and South Korea, but also help push forward the process of integration of East Asian economies and bring some much needed energy into the global economic recovery.

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