First Round of Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among Japan, China and the ROK

March 28, 2013
Japanese

    1. The first round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among Japan, China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) was held in Seoul, Korea from March 26 to 28.
    2. From the Japanese side, Mr. Koji Tsuruoka, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Chief Delegate), and representatives from other relevant ministries attended the meeting. From the Chinese side, Mr. Yu Jianhua, Assitant Minister for FTA of Commerce of the People's Republic of China(Chief Delegate), and other representatives attended the meeting. From the Korean side, Mr. Choi Kyonglim, Deputy Minister for Trade, Ministry of Trade, Industrie and Energyof the Republic of Korea(Chief Delegate), and other representatives attended the meeting.
    3. In this round of negotiations, the scope and method of negotiations, amongst others, were discussed.
    4. The next round of negotiations will be held in China. The venue and the dates will be arranged through diplomatic channels.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)