President Joe Biden will receive the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, at the rest residence of the leaders this Friday.
As anticipated by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the meeting will mark “a new area in trilateral cooperation between our countries.” During a press conference on Tuesday, the top Biden administration official noted that Japan and South Korea are essential allies, not just in the region, but around the world.
The tri-party summit will have a joint declaration setting out a shared perception and interests on security, with references not only to China, but also to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
According to advances in the press, an agreement on mutual consultations in the event of a crisis and the convening of annual trilateral summits are also on the agenda.
The United States-Japan-South Korea relationship is strong, as they are technologically advanced partners, have significant defensive capabilities, and together host around a hundred permanent military bases with the presence of some 80,000 US soldiers.
For some observers, the current context is that of a China on the rise economically, financially, commercially and military-wise, and a United States that is trying to maintain its hegemony and is afraid of continuing to lose positions.
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