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Japan-China-S. Korea Summit Unlikely to Be Held This Year

Japan-China-S. Korea Summit Unlikely to Be Held This Year

   Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan, China and South Korea now seem unlikely to hold a trilateral summit within this year, due to a Japan-South Korea dispute over the issue of wartime labor, as well as amid the coronavirus pandemic.
   "At the moment, nothing has been decided" about the next trilateral summit to be hosted by South Korea, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a press conference on Tuesday.
   Meanwhile, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said at a press briefing on the same day that the South Korean government is making efforts to realize the summit within this year while consulting with the other countries concerned.
   The Japanese government sees as unacceptable the South Korean Supreme Court's ruling against Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. <5401> on a wartime labor lawsuit in 2018.
   Tokyo has repeatedly warned that if the South Korean side takes action to cash in assets seized from the Japanese company, that would cause a serious bilateral situation.

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