The United States, Japan and South Korea in a joint statement on Friday condemned China’s “dangerous and aggressive behaviour” and expressed strong opposition against any attempt to change the status quo in the Indo-Pacific.

Following the first trilateral summit between the three countries held in the US, a joint statement titled ‘The Spirit of Camp David’ was issued expressing support for their collective alliance.

“Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States are committed to aligning our collective efforts as we believe that our trilateral partnership will advance the security and prosperity of all our peoples, the region and the world,” the statement said. increases.”

The three countries expressed their commitment to expand cooperation trilaterally and to raise the shared ambition to a new horizon across the domain and the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

“We will strengthen our economies, deliver resilience and prosperity, support a free and open international order based on the rule of law, and strengthen regional and global peace and security, especially through the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as present and future members of the “We will strengthen our coordination on promoting democracy and protecting human rights. And we will increase strategic coordination between the US-Japan and US-ROK alliances and bring our trilateral security cooperation to new heights,” the joint statement said.

Additionally, a joint declaration by the US, Japan and South Korea expressed shared concern over Chinese actions in support of illegal maritime claims in the South China Sea, as well as a rejection of any unilateral actions by Beijing aimed at changing the status quo in India. Strongly opposed. Pacific waters.

“We share concerns about actions inconsistent with the rules-based international order, which undermine regional peace and prosperity. Each of our countries has publicly expressed concern about the dangerous and aggressive behavior that supports illegal maritime claims. Recalling the position announced by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the South China Sea, which we have recently seen by the People’s Republic of China, we will reject any unilateral attempt to change the status quo in the waters of the Indo-Pacific Strongly oppose.

He also opposed the militarization of reclaimed facilities; Concern was expressed about the dangerous use and coercive activities of Coast Guard and Marine Militia vessels, and further illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The three countries reiterated their commitment to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, stressed that the basic position on Taiwan would remain unchanged, and called for a peaceful resolution of cross-strait matters.

“We reiterate our firm commitment to international law, including freedom of navigation and overflight, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The July 2016 award in the South China Sea arbitration sets out the legal basis that peaceful resolution of maritime conflicts between the parties to the proceedings. We reaffirm the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait as an essential element of security and prosperity in the international community. Our basic position on Taiwan remains unchanged, And we call for a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, the joint statement said.

He also announced the holding of the first trilateral meeting between finance ministers and the launch of a new commerce and industry ministerial track, which would meet annually. An annual trilateral Indo-Pacific Dialogue will also be launched to coordinate the implementation of the Indo-Pacific Approach and proactively identify new areas for common action.

Expressing support for an ASEAN-led regional architecture, the three countries reaffirmed their commitment to working closely with ASEAN partners to support mainstreaming and stronger implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

The US, Japan and South Korea also reaffirmed North Korea’s commitment to “complete denuclearization” in accordance with relevant UNSC resolutions, and urged Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“Furthermore, we reaffirm our commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in accordance with relevant UNSC resolutions and urge the DPRK to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Call upon member states to fully implement all relevant UNSC resolutions. We strongly condemn the DPRK’s unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches, including numerous intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches and conventional military actions, Which pose a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

The three countries said that apart from security partnership, they will also focus on building stronger cooperation in economic security and technology sectors.

“We are deeply committed to eliminating barriers to economic participation and building diverse, accessible and inclusive economies in which all our people, including women and marginalized groups, can succeed. Will work to further strengthen ties, including with our youth and students,” the joint statement further said.

He also said that the trilateral summit marks a “new chapter” in their ties and that the three countries will depart Camp David with a “shared resolve and optimism for the future”.

“Today, we announce that a new chapter has begun in our trilateral relationship. We are united in our approach; fearless in the face of the greatest challenges of our era; united in our faith, and the United States can meet those challenges together now and in the future,” the statement said.

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