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US-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation to advance trade


Washington, 29 May 2024(TDI): The US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will conduct a meeting with the Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Okano Masataka and Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Hong Kyun on 31 May in Virginia.

This dialogue is the outcome of the Camp David summit in 2023. It will reaffirm the importance of trilateral cooperation in advancing free, open, secure, and resilient trade in the Indo-Pacific region.

This dialogue will focus on utilizing our collective capacity to strengthen cooperation on economic security, critical and emerging technologies, and maritime security, as well as a range of regional and global challenges such as threats posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the regional and global peace, Russia-Ukraine War, maintenance of peace and stability in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

The Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will meet with his counterparts in separate bilateral engagements. On May 30, Deputy Campbell and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Okano will participate in the inaugural meeting of the vice-ministerial US-Japan Strategic Diplomacy and Development Dialogues.

Moreover on the morning of 31 May Deputy Secretary of State will meet with First Vice Foreign Minister Kim to discuss the crucial role of the US-ROK Alliance in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

Trilateral Defense Dialogue 

Last month,  the trilateral defense dialogue was also held among the defense ministers of three countries. The three defense officials affirmed that the United States, Japan, and the ROK, guided by the outcomes of the August 2023 Camp David Summit, have significantly strengthened their security cooperation over the past year.

In the defense ministers’ dialogue, the three sides affirmed their enduring commitment to strengthening trilateral cooperation to deter the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear and missile threats and to promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific region.

Camp David Summit 

The Camp David Summit was a trilateral meeting of President Biden Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon in  Camp David, the first-ever stand-alone summit of Leaders from the United States, Japan, and the ROK.

Also read: US Under Secretary anchors for tri-country tour to Indo-Pacific

At the Camp David Summit,  Leaders announced their governments’ commitment to consult with each other expeditiously to coordinate their responses to regional challenges, provocations, and threats that affect their collective interests and security.

Moreover,  they also decided to meet in person at least annually to build on the momentum of the Camp David Trilateral Leaders’ Summit.

The leaders of the United States, Japan, and the ROK were committed to further strengthening trilateral security cooperation.

Muhammad Zubair
Muhammad Zubair
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