Executive Intelligence Review


China-Japan-South Korea Summit To Take Place in May

March 21, 2018 (EIRNS)—Despite incessant insinuations from the Western media and pundits, China, Japan and South Korea are planning to hold a summit in early May. Kyodo news agency, citing several unnamed diplomatic sources, said that it could possibly be held on May 8-9. The importance of this summit is not only immense for East Asia, where these three economically dynamic nations are located, but also for Asia as a whole, and beyond. An agreed cooperation among the three for development of economically underdeveloped nations, would push the prospect for a long-term peace worldwide. The last such three-way summit was held in November 2015 in Seoul.

The meeting will be chaired by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and they are expected to discuss steps to boost cooperation in the fields of economy, environment and culture, reported the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun on March 20.

Mainichi Shimbun reports that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi may visit Japan in April to lay the groundwork for the trilateral summit, citing diplomatic sources. At a press conference in Beijing this week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he is planning to visit Japan in the first half of this year for the trilateral summit. Li will be the first Chinese premier to visit Japan since Wen Jiabao in May 2011.