What signal does the resumption of the China-Japan-ROK leaders’ talks send after four and a half years?

After four and a half years, China, Japan, and South Korea will hold trilateral talks in Seoul on Monday (27th). Experts speculate that the three countries may skip thorny geopolitical issues and instead discuss trade, supply chain stability, and tourism. Visa exemption and other issues.

After four and a half years, China, Japan, and South Korea will hold trilateral talks in Seoul on Monday (27th). Experts speculate that the three countries may skip thorny geopolitical issues and instead discuss trade, supply chain stability, visa-free tourism, etc. problem.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang left Beijing on a chartered flight on Sunday morning to attend the ninth China-Japan-ROK leaders\’ meeting in South Korea.
Li Qiang arrived in Seoul at noon and was greeted at the airport by senior South Korean government officials and Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming.
According to Xinhua News Agency, Li Qiang paid a visit to South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue on Sunday afternoon.
The two sides agreed to hold a high-level strategic dialogue between the foreign ministries and a 2+2 dialogue at the vice-ministerial level on diplomacy and security and launch the China-ROK 1.5 Track Dialogue and Exchange Mechanism at an appropriate time.
The two sides agreed to accelerate the second phase of negotiations on the China-ROK Free Trade Agreement, give full play to the role of communication mechanisms such as the Economic Ministers\’ Meeting and industrial investment cooperation, industry and supply chain cooperation, and export control dialogue, and restart the China-ROK Humanities Exchange Promotion Committee and youth exchanges to further promote the development of personnel between the two countries. Provide convenience for travel.
China is the largest trading partner of Japan and South Korea. In 2022, the trade volume between China and South Korea and China and Japan will be approximately US$362.3 billion and US$357.4 billion respectively.
The trade volume between the three countries has increased from US$130 billion in 1999 to more than US$710 billion in 2022, and the ratio of the total economic volume in the global economy has increased from 17% to 24%.
The Global Times pointed out that many interviewed scholars at home and abroad said that the China-Japan-ROK leaders\’ meeting, which has been suspended since December 2019, is now being held again, sending a positive signal to bring cooperation among the three countries back on track, which is of great significance to Asia and the world.
The Global Times also said that \”facing the future\” has become the most frequently mentioned hot word among all parties when talking about this China-Japan-ROK leaders\’ meeting, demonstrating the common desire of all parties to use the restart of dialogue as an opportunity to deepen understanding, increase trust and resolve doubts.
\”The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea have reunited after about four and a half years to discuss issues of concern and understand each other\’s ideas. This in itself sends a positive signal that relations among the three countries are back on track.
\”Ikko Saionji, a visiting professor at East Japan International University, said on Sunday that under the current complex political landscape, the talks between the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea will help build a constructive and stable relationship between the three countries and will have a huge impact on Northeast Asia, Asia and even the world. influence.
Tadayoshi Murata, honorary professor at Yokohama National University in Japan, believes that the three countries are important neighbors to each other and each play an important role in Northeast Asia. They should take the restart of the China-Japan-ROK leaders\’ meeting as an opportunity to develop closer cooperative relations.
At the same time, it is particularly important for China, Japan and South Korea to exchange opinions, clarify their positions and understand each other\’s ideas.
According to the \”AFP\” report, China, Japan and South Korea will hold trilateral talks in Seoul on Monday. Experts speculate that the three countries may skip thorny geopolitical issues and instead discuss issues such as trade, supply chain stability, and visa-free tourism.
Lee Dong-gyu, a researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Research in Seoul, said there are significant differences in the political stances of the three countries and that Japan and South Korea are increasingly close to China\’s main rival, the United States.
Lee Dong-gyu said it is almost impossible to build consensus among the three countries, which have clear differences in stance on key issues including Pyongyang\’s nuclear threat and growing ties between China and Russia.
So to ensure the success of the trilateral meeting he said they would not discuss these topics and would rather talk vaguely and emphasize cooperation between the three countries.
Daisuke Kawai, deputy director of the Economic Security Research Program at the University of Tokyo, also said: \”The talks will not yield any substantive results in terms of security.
\”The Wall Street Journal\” pointed out that this meeting highlights Japan and South Korea\’s pursuit of a balance between the two major countries: the United States and China: Japan and South Korea rely on the United States for national security, but Japan and South Korea rely on China for the economy. After all, China is the largest trading partner of Japan and South Korea.

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