The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan are set to meet in Seoul for their first trilateral talks in three years.

Anti-Japan sentiment in South Korea and China has grown sharply in recent years over what they see as Japan's push to whitewash its brutal colonization of the Korean Peninsula and invasion of China.

The trilateral talks have been subsequently suspended since they were last held in China in April 2012.

Analysts say no major breakthrough is expected from Saturday's meeting but they stress the fact the talks are back on track is a meaningful step toward easing tension.

When the foreign ministers met in the past, a leaders' summit usually quickly followed but analyst say no such announcement is expected this time.