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On May 16, China and Japan held high-level maritime talks in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province to discuss maritime issues (i.e., Diaoyu Islands, which is also known as Senkaku Islands in Japanese). The second round of maritime consultations will reportedly be held in Japan in the second half of this year.
South Korea is reportedly resuming free trade negotiations with Japan. According to an unnamed source from the South Korean Trade Ministry, “Japan will seek to sign a free trade deal with China,” if the Japan-South Korea free trade talks are not restarted.
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