When the leaders of the world’s second, third and 14th largest economies meet in Tokyo for the next instalment of their irregular, but increasingly frequent, series of high-level meetings, most observers expect that it will be tensions on the Korean peninsula that will take up most of their time.
Still, those hoping that the meeting will reveal a little more about the Arctic intentions of China, Japan and South Korea will be enthused by comments by Kong Xuanyou, China’s vice-foreign minister, who last week told Reuters, a news agency, that “there will be no off-limits areas” during either the three-way talks, on May 9, or during a concurrent three-day tête-à-tête between Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, and Li Keqiang, the Chinese premier.
The three countries have used previous meetings to discuss topics like research and to co-ordinate their positions towards fishing in the central part of the Arctic Ocean. They also have similar, emerging interests in Arctic shipping, as well as the success of Russia’s natural gas plants on the Yamal peninsula. Arctic interests with Asian characteristics.
When and where
May 9; Tokyo
For more information
China–Japan–South Korea trilateral summit