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China-Japan-South Korea show benefits from collaboration

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-05-2015 14:28 BJT

By Zhou Yongsheng, deputy director of Japan Research Center of China Foreign Affairs University

The sixth China-Japan-South Korea leaders' meeting convened on Nov. 1, resuming after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus. A joint declaration on peace and collaboration for Northeast Asia was published afterwards, saying the three countries have reached a consensus on improving relations, facing up to its history and looking forward to the future.


The declaration covers cooperation, co-prosperity, sustainable development, enhancement of mutual trust for regional and global peace. The three countries vow to make efforts to reactivate the Six-Party Talks mechanism.

The summit was suspended in 2012 due to Tokyo's historical revisionism over its wartime past and right-leaning politics, which prompted anger from Beijing and Seoul. The resumption of talks is a sign of detente between Japan and its two Asian neighbors.

More efforts should be made to resolve conflicts, shifting cold relationships to stable development. China-South Korea relations are progressing as well. The three countries should strengthen political economic, military and cultural cooperation. The joint declaration conforms with peaceful collaboration regulated in the charter of the United Nations.

High-level exchanges can go smoothly, the folk and non-governmental communications will be mobilized for common interests. There are better chances for both sides to capture more mutual trust and for the three countries to promote cooperation.

In a bid to facilitate co-prosperity, the declaration boosts negotiations on a free trade zone among China, Japan and South Korea. Despite the political ups and downs in trilateral relations, economic growth is where the three countries can join hands. However, it is impossible to reach political mutual trust under the current situation.

The free trade zone can promote economic development in Northeast Asia and enhances interdependence. Yet, the summit didn't draw up a free trade zone negotiations schedule. It is possible for a country to put off cooperation for its interests. Nevertheless, the setting up of a free trade zone in the three Northeast Asian countries is an irreversible trend.

It is hailed that the China-Japan-South Korea leaders' meeting has helped cooperation to return to the right track and enter a new phase for the three nations.


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