Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday August 21st met Japanese and South Korean Foreign Ministers Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha in the ninth meeting of foreign ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Beijing, according to Reuters.
Wang said recently that China and Japan saw the creation and nurturing of ties between the countries as goals to be cherished as they did not come easily. He added that the two sides should strengthen cooperation in the multilateral arena and jointly oppose all forms of protectionism and unilateralism.
China's principles and positions on sensitive issues between China and Japan were stressed by Wang with the recommendation that both sides should strengthen risk prevention and control and handle differences in a constructive manner.
In response, Kono stated that Japan is willing to work closely with China to ensure positive results through high-level political exchanges in the next stage.
Wang stated that Chinese and South Korean (ROK) relations have developed well, hoping that the South Korean side could actively participate in the ‘Belt and Road’ cooperation, jointly develop third-party markets and accelerate the second phase of the Sino-ROK Free Trade Agreement talks.
Wang stressed that China, Japan and the ROK should work together to safeguard multilateralism and the free trade system and strengthen current cooperation especially in high technology and innovation.
As the first gathering in the last three years, the meeting came amid the escalating trade dispute between Japan and South Korea. The foreign ministers exchanged views on trilateral cooperation and other global and regional issues of common concern in the touristic destination in China’s Gubei Water Town resort near the Great Wall in northern Beijing.