Japan, China, S. Korea to Hold Ministerial Talks Aug. 21

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan, China and South Korea are making arrangements to hold a meeting of their foreign ministers on Aug. 21 in the suburbs of Beijing, a Japanese government source said Wednesday.

A ministerial meeting between Japan and South Korea is also expected to held amid worsening bilateral tensions.

The three-way meeting is seen as preparation for trilateral summit talks to be held later this year at the earliest.

The three countries are expected to affirm their cooperation over North Korea's recent firing of short-range ballistic missiles.

Arrangements for a Japan-China meeting and a Japan-South Korea meeting are under way as well. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, on Thursday in Bangkok.

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