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Top diplomats from South Korea, China, Japan to meet Aug. 20

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A three-day meeting has been scheduled for August 20-22 in Beijing to strengthen the basis for the “system of cooperation,” the South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

It remained unclear whether bilateral talks between South Korea’s top diplomat and her Japanese counterpart would come to pass.

The relationship between the two countries has deteriorated significantly as a result of a recent trade dispute.

Japan issued stricter controls for the export of important materials used to produce semiconductors and displays to South Korea in July.

The move’s backstory centres on a dispute over restitution for Korean forced labourers under the colonial rule of Japan.

In South Korea, the foreign ministers’ meeting is expected to include preparations for a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Korean leader Moon Jae In and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

At a summit in May 2018 attended by Chinese Premier  Xi Jinping, the three countries agreed to encourage the nuclear disarmament of North Korea. (dpa/NAN)

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