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Despite heightened geopolitical tension in East Asia regarding the planned deployment of a U.S.-led antimissile defense system, the annual Korea-China-Japan Culture Ministers’ Meeting will carry on.

The trilateral meeting will be held for two days starting Saturday in Jeju, Korea’s culture ministry said. It will be led by Korea’s culture, sports and tourism minister Kim Jong-deok; Japan’s education, culture, sports, science and technology minister Hirokazu Matsuno; and China’s Vice Minister of Culture Ding Wei.

Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang will not be able to attend due to “local circumstances,” officials said without further explanation. This isn’t the first time that China has sent the deputy culture minister on behalf of the culture minister, as the same thing happened in 2014 when the meeting was held in Yokohama, Japan.

The three countries will announce the so-called “culture cities” in their respective countries. They are: Daegu in Korea; Kyoto in Japan; and Changsha in China. They will also lead trilateral cultural exchanges.

In addition, the three countries will discuss holding the so-called “culture Olympics,” officials said, where exchange programs in the areas of culture, arts and sports will be held. This comes as Korea is set to hold the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018; Japan to host the summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo; and China to hold the winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.

BY KIM HYUNG-EUN
[hkim@joongang.co.kr]
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