China, Japan, South Korea Keep Feuds Under Wraps at Summit

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  • Onus now on leaders to follow talks with tangible initiatives
  • Slowing economies, nuclear threat spur resumption of dialogue

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) speaks as South Korean President Park Geun-hye (C) looks on during a joint news conference at the presidential Blue House on Nov. 1, in Seoul, South Korea.

Photographer: Kim Hong-Ji-Pool/Getty Images

In opting to “completely” restore cooperation with Japan after a more than three-year hiatus, China and South Korea chose to prioritize economic and security issues over the disputes about history and territory that have divided them. The detente may prove fragile.

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