Japan, China and South Korea agreed at a trilateral meeting in Beijing on Oct. 10 to work toward early resumption of the six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak also said their three countries are committed to creating an East Asian community as a long-term goal.

Despite Mr. Hatoyama’s enthusiasm for establishing an East Asian community, the approach so far looks foggy. As a preparatory step, Mr. Hatoyama wants to strengthen economic cooperation and joint efforts to combat global warming.

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