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China, Japan, South Korea to hold first FM talks in 3 years

China, Japan and South Korea will this week hold the first meeting of their foreign ministers for three years, Tokyo said on Tuesday, the latest sign of a gradual thaw in East Asian relations.

The three men will meet in Seoul on Saturday, a Japanese foreign ministry official said, the first time the countries’ top diplomats have held talks since April 2012.

“Cooperation among the three countries is important for Japan and we naturally hope this foreign ministers’ meeting will lead to a summit in the future,” the official said. No date had been set yet for a three-way summit, he added. Leaders from the three countries last met in May 2012.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed the meeting, which he said would be an opportunity for set the tone for future relations.
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