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The China-Japan-South Korea trilateral meetings have traditionally been held with tables arranged in a triangle, like this one from 2015 in Seoul. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)
International relations

North Korea crisis could galvanize trilateral cooperation

Grouping of Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul may find key regional role at last

TAKEHIRO MASUTOMO, Contributing writer | China

SEOUL -- The year is almost certain to come to a close without the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea sitting down for a long-awaited trilateral meeting. This will make 2017 the second year in a row without a three-way summit, though preparations are being made for a January meetup.

It has been another difficult year for the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, just like many of the years since its inauguration in 2011.

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