China, Japan, S.Korea agree to further strengthen trilateral cooperation

08:39, May 16, 2010      

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R), Foreign Minister of Republic of Korea (ROK) Yu Myung-hwan (C) and Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada exchage toasts during a banquet in Gyeongju of ROK, May 15, 2010. The fourth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting of China, Japan and ROK is held in Gyeongju Saturday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)

China, Japan and South Korea on Saturday agreed to make joint efforts to promote their all-round cooperative partnership.

The three nations reached the agreement at the end of the fourth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in South Korea's southeast city of Gyeongju, involving Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Yu Myung-hwan.

The three nations expressed their satisfaction about the progress achieved through the trilateral cooperation, and shared the will to further strengthen the trilateral cooperation with the common understanding that the trilateral cooperation contributes not only to the common development of the three countries but also the regional as well as international peace, prosperity and stability, said a statement issued after the meeting.

The ministers engaged in an in-depth discussion on the progress and future direction of the trilateral cooperation, and the preparation for the third trilateral leaders' meeting due in late May in Jeju, South Korea, and also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern, such as the current situation in Northeast Asia, East Asia cooperation, the G20, post- economic crisis and climate change, according to the statement.

They said "they noted with satisfaction that more than 50 trilateral consultative mechanisms, including 17 ministerial meetings are in full operation and over 100 trilateral cooperation projects in the political, economic and social fields, people-to- people exchanges, and disaster management are actively promoted."

The ministers also decided to explore new cooperation projects in the new fields.

They valued the international community's recent efforts to strengthen the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regimes, and decided to mutually cooperate for the successful holding of the Nuclear Security Summit, which will be held in South Korea in 2012.

The ministers also expressed their condolences for the loss of many lives due to the sinking of the South Korean navy ship " Cheonan" on March 26, and exchanged views on the incident.

They agreed to hold the fifth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Japan next year.

Source: Xinhua


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