US asks Japan, S. Korea, and China to work together

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The United States called Tuesday, February 4, for Japan, South Korea and China to find ways to work together, saying it was in the interest of all three to overcome historical animosity. Danny Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said he held “candid” talks on growing tensions during recent stops in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. “Frankly, we look to each of our friends and partners in the Asia-Pacific region to make a contribution to good relations and to good neighborliness,” he said. Russel said that Japan and South Korea, both US allies and democracies, had shared values that should “serve as the foundation for long-term trust.” He said that China and Japan, as Asia’s two largest economies, “can and must work together” in the interests of their citizens.

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