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South Korea, Japan, and China Hold Trilateral Summit
South Korea, Japan, and China Hold Trilateral Summit0South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Chinese Premier Li Qiang convened in Seoul on May 27 for the first trilateral summit held between the three countries since 2018. The three leaders pledged to enhance cooperation for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula amid escalating provocations from North Korea, agreeing on the urgency of addressing regional threats and advancing prosperity.

The summit came against the backdrop of North Korea’s announcement of plans to launch a new space satellite, a move Seoul and Tokyo view as a violation of the United Nations resolutions due to its potential to double as a ballistic missile technology test.

President Yoon, emphasizing the shared interests of the three nations, urged collective action to curb Pyongyang’s military ambitions. “In order to ensure regional peace and security, which is to the common benefit of all three countries, it is important to achieve a free, peaceful, and united Korean Peninsula,” Yoon stated during a press conference.

Prime Minister Kishida reiterated the call for North Korea to abandon its satellite launch, highlighting the broader goal of denuclearization as beneficial to all parties involved. He also touched on the sensitive issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea, noting Yoon and Li’s support for resolving the matter.

South Korea, Japan, and China Hold Trilateral Summit8Premier Li, representing North Korea’s closest ally in the discussions, advocated for restraint among all parties involved on the peninsula and underscored China’s commitment to a peaceful political settlement.

The leaders also addressed the humanitarian issue of North Korean defectors, with Yoon requesting Li’s cooperation to halt China’s forced repatriation policy. According to human rights groups, China returned approximately 2,000 refugees to North Korea in recent months. As part of the efforts to strengthen diplomatic and security dialogues, South Korea and China agreed to initiate discussions involving their foreign and defense ministers in June.

While not expected to produce immediate solutions to longstanding regional challenges, the trilateral talks marked a significant step toward resuming annual summits, stalled by diplomatic strains and the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo will host the next meeting in 2025.

Beyond security concerns, the summit saw the three nations green-lighting initiatives in economic cooperation, climate change, public health, and cultural exchange. The leaders agreed to promote sustainable development through shared projects and designate 2025 and 2026 as years of cultural exchange. The hope is to see 40 million people from the three countries combined travel to one of the other two countries by 2030.



Luis Apolo
Staff Reporter
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