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Japan-South Korea rift

China, Japan and South Korea seek 'cooperation' amid trade dispute

Foreign ministers make preparations for summit meeting of nations' leaders

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosts South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, left, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, right, at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/BEIJING -- China, Japan and South Korea sought to find common ground on Wednesday amid an escalating trade dispute between Tokyo and Seoul that has further soured relations between the two countries.

A meeting in Beijing hosted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with his counterparts from Tokyo and Seoul comes as China has signaled its intention to mediate the Japan-South Korea spat and help to ease tensions.

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