<W Commentary> The leaders of Japan, the United States, and South Korea emphasized that the three countries are in a “new era” = Will the honeymoon be maintained?
On the 18th (local time), a Japan-U.S.-South Korea summit was held at Camp David, a presidential villa near Washington, D.C. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden, and South Korean President Yoon Seo-gyul have agreed on the "Camp David Principles," which will strengthen cooperation in a wide range of areas, including security, with a view to dealing with China and North Korea. At a joint press conference after the talks, the three declared a "new era" of Japan-U.S.-South Korea partnership. It will be the first time that the leaders of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet independently, rather than in conjunction with an international conference. On the other hand, there are also voices questioning whether such a honeymoon will be maintained in the future.

President Biden invited the leaders of Japan and South Korea to Camp David for this meeting. It will be the first visit by a foreign leader to Camp David since President Biden took office, and since former President Barack Obama's presidency in 2015.

Camp David is a US presidential retreat, located in Catoctin Mountain Park about 100 kilometers north-northwest of Washington. It has been used not only as a resort for the president, but also to entertain foreign dignitaries visiting the United States, and has been a venue for important talks and conferences.

At the meeting, the three leaders agreed to raise security cooperation to new heights, and agreed to expand the areas of cooperation and develop a framework for cooperation. They announced the "Camp David Principles," guidelines for medium- to long-term cooperation between Japan, the United States, and South Korea, and the "Spirit of Camp David," a joint statement outlining a concrete framework for cooperation. With North Korea in mind, they agreed to hold joint exercises every year and to strengthen real-time information sharing.

After the meeting, the three leaders held a joint press conference. All three used the word 'new era.' "This is a new era of partnership between Japan, South Korea and the United States," said President Biden, adding that "South Korea and Japan are a capable, essential alliance." Prime Minister Kishida also declared, "I am very honored to be writing a new page in history. Today, the three of us show our determination to open a new era of Japan-U.S.-ROK partnership." President Yoon said, "Today, the three leaders confirmed the willingness and potential of trilateral cooperation for a new era." Solidarity is a solid foundation for building a more peaceful and reflective world."

This summit meeting was realized by President Biden inviting the leaders of Japan and South Korea. President Biden has called for the promotion of trilateral cooperation between Japan, the United States, and South Korea since he was vice president of the Obama administration, and has urged the improvement of Japan-South Korea relations, which have cooled against the backdrop of historical issues. In March of this year, the South Korean government announced a solution to the former forced labor lawsuit, which was the biggest pending issue between Japan and South Korea. Taking this opportunity, Japan and South Korea made major moves to improve relations. It can be said that these moves led to the realization of the first trilateral summit meeting between Japan, the United States and South Korea in an independent form. Foreign media praised President Yoon, saying, "This time, the Japan-U.S.-South Korea summit was realized because of President Yoon's bold choice of accepting the political loss in South Korea and achieving improvement in Japan-South Korea relations." voices are rising. "Due to decades of discord between South Korea and Japan, it was difficult to even imagine a summit meeting between Japan and the United States until recently," the AFP news agency said. However, we have entered a new chapter by resolving the issue of forced labor by Japan, and President Yoon has rapidly approached us as an ally of the United States.”

The BBC, on the other hand, noted that "the future is not yet certain" and introduced the views of several experts. Duyong Kim of the Center for a New American Security said that "Japan-Korea relations will continue to have ups and downs, so each government needs to actively implement a joint vision that goes beyond the term of the current leaders" and that "otherwise, if the next election elects a far-left South Korean president and a far-right Japanese prime minister, the Otherwise, the meaningful and hard work that Biden, Yoon and Kishida are currently undertaking could be undone".
2023/08/21 13:04 KST