Japan Prime Minister Kishida to visit Seoul for 3-way summit with China, S.Korea

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio departs for Seoul on Sunday to meet Chinese Premier Li Qiang and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. It will be the first summit of the three countries' leaders in four and a half years. Arrangements are also underway to realize a bilateral meeting between Kishida and Li.

The three leaders will hold the summit in the South Korean capital on Monday. They appear likely to confirm the further facilitation of human exchanges through intercollegiate interactions and tourism. They may also designate 2025 and 2026 as years of cultural exchanges.

The leaders are expected to compile a joint declaration that summarizes their talks, such as cooperation in the economic and trade sectors.

Ahead of the summit, Kishida is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Yoon on Sunday. They will likely agree to have closer communications between their leaders and ministers.

The two leaders are also expected to seek enhanced collaboration in dealing with North Korea, which has been stepping up its nuclear and missile development.

Kishida is also arranging a bilateral meeting with Li. The Japanese prime minister appears eager to reaffirm their intention to promote a "mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests."

Kishida will likely seek an immediate removal of China's suspension of Japanese seafood imports, and outline his government's positions on other outstanding bilateral issues.

Kishida is also expected to call on China to peacefully resolve issues related to Taiwan through dialogue. China began military drills around Taiwan on Thursday.

Kishida will return to Tokyo on Monday.