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China, Japan, South Korea open free trade talks

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China, Japan and South Korea kicked off formal negotiations Tuesday on securing a free trade agreement to bind together three economies that account for around 20 percent of global gross domestic product. 

A cargo ship is berthed at the port of Qingdao in China's Shandong province on November 7, 2012. China, Japan and South Korea kicked off formal negotiations Tuesday on securing a free trade agreement to bind together three economies that account for around 20% of global GDP.

With all three countries under new leadership, trade officials hope they can move beyond damaging territorial disputes that have dogged their relations for decades.

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