(AP) South Korea, China and Japan are starting negotiations to form the world's third-largest free trade bloc.
South Korea said officials from the three countries are discussing administrative issues during the three days of talks that began Tuesday.
The meeting will determine the areas to be included in future negotiations.
Experts say a trade agreement would deepen ties among Asian rivals that are often at odds over political issues including territorial disputes.
The three countries are all major markets for each other.