Culture ministers from South Korea, China and Japan to hold 3-way talks

The culture ministers from South Korea, China and Japan will hold three-way talks later this month aimed at promoting cultural exchanges among the three nations, a diplomatic source said Saturday.

The two-day talks, set to start on Dec. 19 in China’s northern port city of Qingdao, come as Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo revived a trilateral summit earlier last month after a three-year hiatus over history and territorial issues.

Among the agenda of the Qingdao talks are a plan to name “culture cities” in Northeast Asia and a proposal to set up a trilateral channel to boost cultural cooperation, the source said.

The culture ministers will also discuss a plan to hold a trilateral cultural event outside their countries, the source said on the condition of anonymity.

President Park Geun-hye, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a trilateral summit in Seoul on Nov. 1, resuming three-way cooperation talks that had been suspended since 2012 due to historical and territorial tensions.

They agreed to increase cooperation, especially on efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

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