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The Right Move
The recent summit meeting between China, Japan and South Korea is noted for a series of agreements ranging from investment promotion to enhancing cultural exchanges and strengthening agricultural and environmental cooperation
Three's Company

China, South Korea and Japan agreed to launch formal negotiations on a trilateral free trade area (FTA) later this year. The China-South Korea-Japan FTA can promote the economic integration of East Asia and elevate the global status of the region. The trilateral FTA is a crucial step for East Asian economic integration

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Summit Outcomes

At the Fifth Trilateral Summit Meeting Among China, South Korea and Japan in Beijing on May 13, the three countries reached a series of agreements, of which the highlights are as follow:

- Advancing cooperation in non-traditional security issues, such as piracy, energy security, cyber security, communicable diseases, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;

- Launching trilateral free trade agreement negotiations within this year;

- Welcoming the signing of the Trilateral Agreement for the Promotion, Facilitation and Protection of Investment;

- Promoting investment by foreign reserve authorities in one another's government bonds;

- Strengthening cooperation in dealing with dust and sandstorms, tackling trans-boundary air pollution, the access and benefit sharing of genetic resources and the exchange of environmental protection technologies;

- Promoting cooperation in agriculture, sustainable forest management, combating desertification and wildlife conservation;

- Further easing visa requirements and expanding sister/friendship city exchanges to achieve the target of 26 million tourist visits among the three countries by 2015; and

- Supporting ASEAN's leading role in East Asian cooperation and make joint efforts to help the development of ASEAN countries.

(Source: China's Foreign Ministry)

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