Korea, China, Japan to meet in Jeju

Leaders from Korea, China and Japan will convene on Jeju Island this weekend to enhance trilateral exchanges in the arts, sports and other cultural activities.

The eighth Korea-China-Japan Culture Ministers' Meeting on Aug. 27 and 28 will be attended by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jongdeok, Chinese Vice Minister of Culture Ding Wei (??), and Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Matsuno Hirokazu (?? ??). At the meeting, the three countries will sign the Jeju Declaration, an agreement that will establish joint projects in the arts and culture sectors.

The Jeju Declaration will outline the following: boost cultural solidarity between Korea, China and Japan to expand trilateral cooperation on the arts; strengthen action-plans that support the cultivation of the arts and culture; form a systemized, collaborative network for the East Asian region; pursue joint cultural projects and increase human resource exchanges; mutually cooperate on incorporating the arts and culture into the Olympic Games; and, further expand cooperation on the protection and promotion of cultural heritage.

During the meeting, the countries will announce the three Culture Cities of East Asia for 2017: Daegu in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Japan's Kyoto in Kyoto Prefecture and China's Changsha in Hunan Province. Under the Shanghai Action Plan agreed in 2012, the three countries each select one city from their nation and carry out exchange programs between the cities for one year.

There will also be bilateral meetings between Korea and China, and Korea and Japan.

During the Korea-China meeting, the ministers will discuss progress on the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The two countries will also touch on the Korea-China culture week and cultural exchanges scheduled for 2017.

The Korea-Japan meeting will focus on expanding bilateral cooperation on sports, keeping in mind the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Increasing cooperation on the arts and culture by creating stronger networks between national museums is also on the agenda for the two nations.

Source: korea.net

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