Leaders of S. Korea, China, Japan hold rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (R) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) inspect an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on October 31, 2015The leaders of South Korea, China and Japan held their first summit in more than three years Sunday, setting aside historical animosities and territorial disputes to focus on shared security and trade concerns. No substantive breakthroughs were expected, but the meeting in Seoul was a symbolic statement of intent by Northeast Asia’s three largest economies who all stand to reap significant diplomatic and economic gains from closer cooperation. The focus was very much on economic ties, with China especially keen to boost trade links as it seeks to inject some fresh momentum into its slowing economy.

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