Senior foreign affairs officials of China, Japan and the
Republic of Korea (ROK) held a first-ever consultation in Beijing
on May 19.
The three sides reviewed the trilateral cooperation on economy
and trade, energy, environment, science and technology and
discussed the future development of cooperation among them.
They also exchanged views on the security of northeast Asia,
east Asia cooperation and other regional and international issues
of common concern.
Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Cui Tiankai,
Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitoji Yabunaka and
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of ROK Shim Yoon-jo
attended the consultation.
The consultation is part of a consensus reached last January at
the seventh trilateral leaders' meeting of China, Japan and ROK
when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and leaders from Japan and ROK
agreed to establish a mechanism of regular consultations among
senior foreign affairs officials of the three countries.
(Xinhua News Agency May 20, 2007)