Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a summit in May, but a free-trade agreement has yet to materialise. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a summit in May, but a free-trade agreement has yet to materialise. Photo: EPA-EFE

China, Japan and South Korea aim to speed up talks on free-trade agreement to counter US tariffs

Global turbulence adds incentive to strike a deal, but the trio still have differing priorities to reconcile after 13 rounds of talks since 2012 with little progress

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a summit in May, but a free-trade agreement has yet to materialise. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a summit in May, but a free-trade agreement has yet to materialise. Photo: EPA-EFE
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