19 July 2017

News Story: S. Korea pushing for FM meetings with China and Japan next month

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's foreign minister is pushing to meet with her Chinese and Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of ASEAN-related conferences scheduled for early next month, officials said Tuesday.

Kang Kyung-wha is to attend meetings of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be held in Manila, the Philippines, from Aug. 6-8. They include the ASEAN Regional Forum, which is known for being a rare international event annually joined by North Korea.

On the sidelines of the ASEAN meetings, the foreign ministry here is pushing to arrange bilateral talks between Kang and her Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Wang Yi and Fumio Kishida, respectively.

China's retaliation against South Korea following Seoul's decision to allow the installation of a U.S. missile defense system on its soil could be among major agenda items to be discussed between Kang and Wang. They will also likely discuss North Korea's nuclear threats.

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