Japanese and South Korean leaders have proposed holding a trilateral summit with their Chinese counterpart for the first time since 2012, their deputies said.

Disputes over regional history and territory soured bilateral ties between Japan and China, and Japan and South Korea, have been blamed for the failure.

But holding a trilateral summit now appears more realistic as South Korean President Park Geun-hye, currently the rotating chair of the three-way summit, is sounding more positive.