This Friday’s summit between the United States, Japan and South Korea marks the beginning of “a new era of cooperation” trilateral, aiming at “greater security” in the Indo-Pacificsaid US President Joe Biden.
The North American head of state was speaking at the beginning of the first summit with the his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidaat Camp David, the presidential country residence in the State of Maryland.
“I can think of no better way to start a new chapter in our trilateral cooperation. Strengthen the bonds between our democracies It has been a priority of mine for a long time.since I was vice president,” Biden said.
The North American President stressed that, more than the first summit with the South Korean and Japanese leaders in his mandate, this is the first exclusive conclave of three leaders of three nations.
The meeting, he added, inaugurates a “new era of cooperation” and renews a common interest: “To be a force for good in the Indo-Pacific and, frankly, around the world too.”
“This is a conviction that we share the three“, Biden said, before the start of the tripartite meeting and after meeting separately with the two Asian leaders.
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For the South Korean leader, the three countries must strengthen their solidarity “to guarantee that their freedoms are not threatened or harmed“.
Stronger coordination between Korea, the United States, and Japan requires stronger institutional foundations. Furthermore, we must address the challenges that threaten regional security with a stronger commitment to work together,” Yoon said.
The Japanese Prime Minister agreed with his counterparts: “The fact that the three leaders came together like this, I think it means we’re making history“.
“I would like to broaden and deepen our collaboration in broad areas, including economic security, cooperation on critical emerging technologies or global supply chain resilience,” added Kishida.
The three leaders expressed interest in “institutionalize” tripartite collaboration so that it does not depend on the fluctuations in the internal politics of each nationand want this type of meeting to be held annually.
The meeting at Camp David will culminate in a press conference and will include the announcement of the creation of a “hotline” for streamline communications in the event of a crisis with North Korea or China.
United States, Japan and South Korea will establish a trilateral security engagementproviding for consultations in the event of a crisis or threat in the Pacific, according to US administration sources this Friday cited by international agencies.
The new commitment of “duty of consultation”said the same sources, will be announced by the US President, Joe Biden.
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The “duty of consultation” seeks to recognize that the three countries share “fundamentally interconnected security environments” and that a threat to one of the nations is “a threat to all”told the US agency AP a senior Biden administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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Under the compromise, the three countries agree to consultations, share information and align their messages in the face of a threat or crisis, according to the same source.
The United States of America (USA) has more than 80,000 troops deployed in the two Asian countries.
The agreement is part of a set of joint initiatives to be announced, within the scope of closer economic and security ties promoted by the US administration in a context of joint concern with North Korea’s nuclear threats and China’s ambitions in the North Sea. Southern China and the South Pacific.
Before it even started, the summit attracted harsh public criticism of the Chinese government.
“The international community has its own judgment about who is creating contradictions and increasing tensions,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
“Attempts to form various groups and small exclusive clubs and bring the bloc confrontation to the Asia-Pacific region are unpopular and will certainly arouse scrutiny and opposition in the countries of the region,” Wang said.