Friday, June 30, 2017

China, South Korea, Japan Summit ‘Postponed’ Over Tensions On The Deployment Of The U.S. Missile Defence Shield

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South China Morning Post: China, South Korea, Japan summit ‘postponed’ amid missile shield row

Talks planned for next month will not go ahead, sources say, with Beijing’s anger over Seoul’s deployment of a missile defence shield among the reasons.

A summit of top officials from China, South Korea and Japan has been postponed and will not be held next month as Tokyo had planned, according to diplomatic sources.

China’s reluctance to attend partly prompted by the prolonged dispute between Beijing and Seoul over the deployment of a US-developed anti-missile system on the Korean peninsula were blamed, the sources and Japanese media said on Thursday.

Tokyo had wanted to host the summit either between July 19 and 21 or July 24 and 26, but China replied it was “difficult” to attend during those dates, the Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported, citing diplomatic sources.

However, a South Korean diplomatic source told the South China Morning Post that deteriorating relations between China and Japan, which have long been stained by territorial disputes over islands in the East China Sea, were also a reason behind the postponement.

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WNU Editor: The summit may be postponed, but China - Japan talks on preventing accidental clashes in the East China Sea are progressing .... Japan, China start talks to prevent accidental clashes in East China Sea, disputed isles (Japan Times/Kyodo).

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