5th Japan-China-ROK FMs' Meeting Held in Kyoto
    2011-03-19 22:59:04     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang
 

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (C) gives a statement, as his Japanese counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto (L) and South Korean counterpart Kim Sung-Hwan (R) stand aside, after their trilateral talks in Kyoto of Japan, March 19, 2011. Japanese, South Korean and Chinese foreign ministers gathered here for trilateral talks on Saturday. [Photo: Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng]

The foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea Saturday discussed, among others, the disaster management, in the meeting in a bid to boost their cooperation in responding to disasters in the region.

Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Kim Sung Hwan agreed to enhance the trilateral cooperation to better respond to major disasters and ensure the safety of atomic power.

Disaster management and the safety of nuclear power generation, among others, were on the top agenda in the meeting after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last week and damaged a nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture, where radioactive materials have leaked.

Prior to the meeting, officials from three countries stood in silent tribute to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Chinese and South Korean foreign ministers offered condolences to Japan, saying that they are willing to extend maximum support to cooperate with Japan in the relief operations and reconstruction work.

Matsumoto expressed gratitude for the dispatch of relief teams and supplies by China and South Korea following the massive earthquake.

The foreign ministers also exchanged views on issues of promoting cooperation among China, Japan, and the ROK, preparations for the Fourth China-Japan-ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting, East Asia cooperation, Northeast Asia situation and other regional and international affairs.

Yang said that the China-Japan-ROK cooperation is an important part of East Asian cooperation and promoting the friendly relationship among the three is in line with the common interest of the three countries.

China, Japan and ROK should continue to build strategic mutual trust, good neighborly and friendly relations, promote cooperation in disaster management and other in-depth mutual beneficial cooperation, expand social and cultural exchanges, and build efficient cooperation mechanism, said Yang.

China will join hands with Japan and ROK and make good preparations to ensure the fruitfulness of the Fourth China-Japan- ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting, Yang added.

Matsumoto and Kim said that the cooperation among China, Japan and ROK will help achieve stability and prosperity in East Asia and the rest of the world.

The three foreign ministers also discussed the cooperation in politics, economy, society, culture and other international affairs and said they will work together to promote the fruitful cooperation and open up new fields and new ways in cooperation.

The foreign ministers decided to hold the 6th Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting in China next year.

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