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Asian neighbors unite for successful Olympic Games

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The commemorative coins for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games are pictured during the Games’ launching ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday.

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Sports ministers from South Korea, China and Japan yesterday concluded talks that centered around building a platform to ensure the success of upcoming Olympic Games in the region.

The three countries will host the next three Olympic Games in Northeast Asia — Pyeongchang hosts the 2018 Winter Games, Tokyo will stage the 2020 Summer Games and the 2020 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing.

After the two-day meeting between the Asian nations, South Korean Minister of Sports Cho Yoon-sun announced the “Pyeongchang Declaration,” under which the countries agreed to expand their sports exchange and cooperation, and sought their counterparts’ expertise to ensure the smooth running of the Olympics.

“For the success of Pyeongchang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, the three nations will share their know-how and undertake joint efforts to create excitement for the events,” the declaration read.

“Through sports exchanges, South Korea, China and Japan will strengthen mutual understanding and trust, and will use that as a base for peaceful co-existence in Northeast Asia.”

The neighbors will also seek to step up anti-doping efforts and agreed to create an “Olympic Legacy.”

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