The leaders of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Aug. 18 on a commitment to consult with each other swiftly to coordinate their responses to “provocations” and “threats,” amid China’s increasingly aggressive actions and North Korea’s escalating belligerence.
Leveraging the benefits of the recent rapprochement between Japan and South Korea, the leaders declared a “new chapter” in their trilateral relationship at the U.S. presidential retreat of Camp David near Washington.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol agreed on a number of initiatives to make their framework for cooperation more durable and better able to deal with events affecting their collective interests and security.
Their joint statement, named the Spirit of Camp David, also touched on China’s “dangerous and aggressive behavior” in regional waters.
“We strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the waters of the Indo-Pacific,” the document said.
The initiatives also include holding a trilateral summit at least once a year along with various other meetings of top officials, carrying out multidomain joint defense drills on a regular basis, launching an early warning mechanism for supply chain disruptions for key industrial items, and working closely on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence. (Kyodo)