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South Korea, Japan and China Hold First Joint Summit in Years; Comfort Women Protest Japan in Seoul

HeadlineMay 28, 2024

South Korea, China and Japan have issued a joint declaration after their first trilateral summit in four years. The three nations met in South Korea amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over trade, Taiwan and regional influence. This is Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

Li Qiang: “We will deepen economic and trade connectivity, strengthen cooperation in regional industrial and supply chains, and promote the resumption of negotiations on the China-Japan-South Korea free trade agreement.”

Ahead of the summit in Seoul, activists gathered to protest Japan’s military cooperation with South Korea and its refusal to provide reparations for its sexual trafficking of girls and women from countries under its occupation in the Second World War. This is a survivor of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, or a so-called comfort woman, 95-year-old Lee Yong-soo.

Lee Yong-soo: “I want to urge Japan to enforce the compensation and resolve the historical issue. And while we are protecting our past, the young should know this history while they visit each other’s countries.”

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