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Gist of Japan-China-ROK summit joint declaration

  • 2015-11-02 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: November 2, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 By Masataka Mine in Seoul

 

 Trilateral summit

 

 The three leaders reaffirmed the holding of regular trilateral summits and expressed their expectations for Japan’s hosting of the 2016 summit. The three countries shall address relevant issues properly in the spirit of facing history squarely and advancing towards the future.

 

 The three leaders agreed on the active promotion of over 50 intergovernmental consultative mechanisms, including about 20 ministerial-level mechanisms. They shared the view that the creation of a Trilateral Cooperation Fund (TCF) will be instrumental for the development of trilateral cooperation projects.

 

 Economy, environment

 

 It was agreed that further efforts will be made to accelerate negotiations to realize a comprehensive, high-level, and mutually beneficial trilateral free trade agreement (FTA). The three countries shall cooperate for the adoption of a legally binding and ambitious agreement at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

 

 People-to-people, cultural exchanges

 

 Youth exchange programs such as the Trilateral Youth Summit shall continue. Efforts will be made to increase the number of people-to-people exchanges among the three countries to 30 million by 2020.

 

 North Korea

 

 The three leaders shared the view that all UN Security Council resolutions and Six-Party Talks joint statements relevant to the development of nuclear arms on the Korean Peninsula must be faithfully implemented. They are opposed to any action that may cause tension on the Korean Peninsula and will continue joint efforts to resume meaningful Six-Party Talks.

 

 Regional, international affairs

 

 The three countries shall work closely together for the success of the G20 Summit, the APEC Summit, and other summit meetings. They will make joint efforts toward the economic integration of East Asia, such as through the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations.

 

 [See http://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/rp/page1e_000058.html for the full text of the joint declaration.]

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