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Japan's summit with China, South Korea unlikely this year

Beijing's anger at Seoul's missile installation is biggest hurdle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, with South Korean then-President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the 2015 summit in Seoul.

TOKYO -- Japan is unlikely to host a summit meeting with China and South Korea this year, with a standoff between Beijing and Seoul looming as a major stumbling block.

The three countries conducted their first leaders' summit in 2008 with an agreement to generally hold such gatherings annually with rotating host nations. They passed on a meeting last year when Park Geun-hye, then the president of South Korea, was dealing with a corruption scandal that eventually unseated her.

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