- Title: China, Japan and South Korean leaders boost trade ties at trilateral meeting
- Date: 24th December 2019
- Summary: NEWS CONFERENCE FINISHING
- Embargoed: 7th January 2020 02:42
- Keywords: China Japan Li Keqiang Moon Jae-in Shinzo Abe South Korea leaders summit
- Location: CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA
- City: CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003BBC2FRB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea on Tuesday (December 24) pledged to boost trade ties and promote free trade at the opening ceremony of a trilateral summit in China's southwest city of Chengdu.
During a keynote speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang advocated the establishment of a "China-Japan-South Korea free trade zone," vowing that it would "open up" more of China's service industry.
At the same ceremony, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed their support for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a China-backed trade agreeement.
Though various economic matters will also be on the agenda of the summit, tensions between Seoul and Tokyo, as well as North Korea, will likely dominate the agenda.
Abe and Moon met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday (December 23) in Beijing. Moon told Xi it is "more important than anything" to keep up the momentum for talks between the United States and North Korea.
(Production: Angie Teo, Fang Nanlin, Heejung Jung, Hideto Sakai, Joseph Campbell)
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