Honolulu, 14 February 2022 (TDI): United States Secretary of State Antony J Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, and the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-Yong met in Honolulu.
Blinken and his peers acknowledged that the 21st century brought challenges and opportunities. All of them want to expand their range of cooperation in regional and global security and economy. This meeting occurred on February 12 in Honolulu Hawaii.
.@SecBlinken met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung and @MOFAJapan_en Foreign Minister Hayashi to increase trilateral cooperation to better tackle the global challenges of the 21st Century. We can go farther and faster if we go together. https://t.co/B8kzafpBzF
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) February 13, 2022
During the session, the secretary and the Foreign Ministers exchanged their countries’ views on different issues. Indeed, free and open Indo-Pacific was one of the topics. Moreover, they reiterated their mutual view of respect for the international order.
For instance, Yoshimasa and Eui-Yong welcomed the US new strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.
More details on the topics tackled at the session
Other topics tackled in the meeting included different areas of their trilateral cooperation. Firstly they are all committed to achieving denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Secondly, they reiterated their countries’ longstanding support for international law, specifically the compliance to the United Nations Convention on the law of the sea.
Thirdly, all emphasized the relevance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Fourthly, the support to the unity and centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In addition, they also talked about Myanmar’s current situation.
Furthermore, topics such as climate change, gender equality, global health, critical supply, and more are areas of their cooperation priorities. Regarding the health issues, they exchanged an effort o stop the COVID-19 Pandemic and prevent another potential Pandemic.
Moreover, they underlined the significance of cyber security, economic security, and innovation in emerging technologies based on democratic values and respect for universal human rights.
In conclusion, the alliance between the US, Japan, and South Korea is old which unfolds shared values of their effort for a common prosperous future.