Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are expected to meet in Chengdu on Tuesday for 2019’s trilateral talks. Photo: EPA-EFE

China eager to help break Japan-South Korea stalemate at summit and ease way to free-trade agreement

  • Meeting in Chengdu will strengthen Beijing’s influence in East Asia and fill diplomatic void left by US, observers say
  • Japan’s Shinzo Abe and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in expected to hold first bilateral talks in more than a year, governments say
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are expected to meet in Chengdu on Tuesday for 2019’s trilateral talks. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.