INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – The tradition ministers of South Korea, Japan and China agreed on Friday to step up cultural exchanges and different areas of cooperation regardless of current tensions over commerce and their shared historical past.
FILE PHOTO: Nationwide flags of South Korea and Japan are displayed throughout a gathering between Komeito Social gathering members and South Korean lawmakers at Komeito Social gathering’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Picture
Their assembly within the South Korean port of Incheon comes amid an escalating commerce and diplomatic spat between Japan and South Korea, and an intensifying regional rivalry with a rising China.
The three nations promote cultural exchanges however differing views on their shared historical past, such because the legacy of the Japan’s occupation of Korea and components of China, have typically hampered these efforts.
The ministers – Park Yang-woo of South Korea, Japan’s Masahiko Shibayama and Luo Shugang of China – promised extra cultural, sport and people-to-people exchanges over the subsequent 10 years. Throughout that point Japan will host the 2020 Summer time Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics will held in Beijing.
“The three nations made it clear that future cultural exchanges and cooperation ought to be performed primarily based on the rules of mutual respect and reciprocity and in a method that promotes cultural range and peace in East Asia,” the ministers stated in a joint assertion.
Park and Shibayama held separate talks on Thursday the place they agreed to proceed cultural cooperation regardless of the feud between Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea’s tradition ministry stated in an announcement.
Shibayama informed reporters on Friday extra civilian exchanges had been wanted to enhance ties.
“Japan-South Korea relations are in a troublesome spot and deepening exchanges on the grass-roots degree via cooperation within the cultural area will assist enhance relations,” Japan’s Kyodo information company quoted Shibayama as saying.
Relations between the 2 nations worsened late final yr after South Korea’s Supreme Courtroom ordered compensation for some Koreans pressured to work at Japanese companies throughout Japan’s 1910-45 occupation.
The row has taken a toll on vacationer exchanges between the 2 nations, with South Koreans cancelling journey plans as a part of a boycott of Japanese services and products. The variety of South Korean guests to Japan fell final month to its lowest in almost a yr, Japan’s tourism company stated final week.
Park, who additionally oversees tourism, is predicted to satisfy Japan’s tourism minister in a while Friday.
Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; modifying by Darren Schuettler