INTERNATIONAL

China, Japan, S.korea Leaders Meet Asean Partners

Security was tight in manila today as leaders of the 10-member association of Southeast Asian nations kicked off their last day of meeting in a regional summit with their counterparts in China, Japan and South Korea.

In the meeting, leaders from China, Japan and South Korea have called their Southeast Asian partners to reject protectionism and embrace regional cooperation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also urged the countries to halt import ban on food products produced in Eastern Japan following the march 11, 2011 earthquake that also triggered the nation's worse nuclear crisis in its history.