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Chinese, Japanese, ROK FMs meet on trilateral cooperation

2012-04-08 04:06:39 GMT2012-04-08 12:06:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (C) speaks during the sixth Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, in Ningbo, a port city in east China's Zhejiang Province, April 8, 2012. Yang Jiechi and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and his ROK counterpart Kim Sung-hwan attended the meeting on Sunday. Yang presided over the meeting. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

NINGBO, Zhejiang, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) met Sunday morning for talks on trilateral cooperation in Ningbo of east China's Zhejiang province.

The meeting, chaired by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, was also attended by Yang's Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and ROK counterpart Kim Sung-hwan.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry official said earlier that the meeting would focus on developments and the future direction of cooperation between the three nations, and preparations for the fifth trilateral meeting among leaders of China, Japan and ROK.

The trilateral summit is expected to be held in Beijing next month, said Yang Jian, deputy director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Department of Asian Affairs.

China hoped that the three sides would hold in-depth discussions during Sunday's meeting on how to further liberalize and facilitate trade and investment, enhance cooperation on finance, energy, technology and disaster relief among other areas, and realize sustainable development in the three nations, said the official.

The sixth Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan is held in Ningbo, a port city in east China's Zhejiang Province, April 8, 2012. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and his ROK counterpart Kim Sung-hwan attended the meeting. Yang Jiechi presided over the meeting. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Kim Sung-hwan (Front) attends the sixth Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, the ROK and Japan in Ningbo, a port city in east China's Zhejiang Province, April 8, 2012. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and his ROK counterpart Kim Sung-hwan attended the meeting on Sunday. Yang Jiechi presided over the meeting. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba (2nd R) speaks during the sixth Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, in Ningbo, a port city in east China's Zhejiang Province, April 8, 2012. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and his ROK counterpart Kim Sung-hwan attended the meeting on Sunday. Yang Jiechi presided over the meeting. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (C) and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba (R) and his counterpart Kim Sung-hwan of the Republic of Korea (ROK) shake hands prior to the sixth Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, the ROK and Japan, in Ningbo, a port city in east China's Zhejiang Province, April 8, 2012. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

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