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Historic Trilateral Summit at Camp David with Japan and South Korea

In an unprecedented move, President Joe Biden will convene a trilateral summit at Camp David involving the leaders of Japan and South Korea.

This historic gathering, set to take place this Friday, will bring together President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

The meeting is being hailed as a significant step in fostering trilateral cooperation among these nations.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared that this summit signifies a new era of collaboration among the three countries, highlighting that it’s the first time foreign leaders have visited Camp David since 2015 and the inaugural standalone summit involving Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

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The meeting is occurring against a backdrop of global challenges including geopolitical competition, climate crises, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and nuclear provocations.

The trilateral summit is also timely as the United States and South Korea are poised to conduct a joint military exercise named the Ulchi Freedom Shield.

This exercise, taking place over ten days starting on August 21, is designed to address evolving nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

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Anticipating the summit, Secretary Blinken emphasized the importance of reinforcing alliances and partnerships.

He underscored the core ally status of Japan and South Korea, not only in their region but globally.

Blinken stressed the significance of strengthening trilateral cooperation, describing it as critical to serving the interests of the people, the region, and the world at large.

Blinken also highlighted the shared priorities of the leaders, encompassing aspects like physical and economic security, humanitarian aid, development finance, global health, and emerging technologies.

The trilateral cooperation is seen as a force for good, promoting peace, stability, and a commitment to denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula.

This meeting sets the stage for further diplomatic initiatives as President Biden is set to host Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for an official state visit in October, aimed at bolstering relations amidst escalating tensions with China.

Secretary Blinken’s dedication to building cooperation among the United States, Japan, and South Korea is reflected in his years of effort, beginning during his tenure as Deputy Secretary of State under then Vice President Biden.

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