UN chief praises China, Japan, S Korea for trilateral talks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praises China, Japan and South Korea for resumed trilateral summit

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media about the world’s humanitarian crises at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on October 31, 2015

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea for the trilateral summit that held on Sunday and call on the leaders to work closely together to boost mutual support and cooperation.

High-level tripartite summit, which is the first time since 2012, started between China, Japan and South Korea in Seoul on Sunday. Chinese Premier of the State Council, Japanese Prime Minister and South Korean President attended the summit. Their agreement was mainly on economic cooperation. The leaders also called for the renewal of the negotiations on "denuclearisation" of North Korea.

"The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the trilateral Summit Meeting held between the Republic of Korea, Japan and China on November 1 in Seoul. He lauds the three leaders —Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and particularly President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, who hosted the meeting – for resuming trilateral meetings in three and half years," the UN said in a Sunday statement.

Ban said that he believed the resumption of the trilateral meeting format would promote the collaboration among three countries and boost cooperation in Northeast Asia.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (C) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a trilateral summit at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea on November 1, 2015 (Reuters)

The summit initially would be held annually. However, in recent years, tensions between Japan and South Korea increased due to territorial disputes over islands that lie between their mainlands, called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese and controversies in interpretations of wartime history.

China-Japan relations have also long been frayed by Japan's wartime conduct in the Chinese mainland, as well as the ongoing territorial dispute over the East China Sea.

China and Japan both claim ownership of a small group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China.

The previous summit between China, Japan and South Korea took place in Chinese capital of Beijing in May 2012.

The three states restarted their trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting in spring.

In June, the sides decided to hold the summit between September and November either in Seoul, Busan or on Jeju Island in South Korea.

TRTWorld and agencies