Global trade

Chinese representative Yu Jianhua (left), South Korean representative Choi Kyong-lim (centre) and Japanese representative Koji Tsuruoka (right) at the trilateral talks on the free trade agreement. Photo: Xinhua

Big hurdles to three-way, free trade talks

Territorial tensions, rivalries and suspicions are hardly the ideal environment for long-awaited free-trade talks between China, Japan and South Korea. But Beijing's wish to counter the American-led push for a Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) that does not include China - part of Washington's strategic pivot back towards Asia and the Pacific - has helped get them off the ground.