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South Korea, China, Japan joint statement after first summit in 4 years

The leaders of South Korea, China and Japan on Monday issued a joint statement covering cooperation in a variety of areas from trade to environment modification and aging societies.

The statement was concurred after South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese Premier Li Qiang held a three-way summit for the very first time in more than four years.

Here are a few of the primary arrangements from the declaration:


The countries will make every effort to hold the trilateral summit and ministerial conferences on a regular basis, and work to make sure that people in the 3 countries can enjoy substantive benefits emanating from this cooperation. Japan will host the next top.


They intend to boost the number of people-to-people exchanges to 40 million by 2030 through exchanges in culture, tourist and education.


The three identified a need to work together in transitioning towards net no greenhouse gas emissions and carbon neutrality. They promised to take strong action and support efforts to accomplish the Paris Arrangement temperature level goal.


They agreed to team up to lower dust and sandstorms in East Asia. They will also promote marine preservation and work to complete a worldwide lawfully binding instrument on plastic contamination, as well as curb illegal fishing.


The nations accepted back discussions for accelerating settlements for a trilateral Open market Arrangement (FTA).

They declared assistance for an open, rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Company ( WTO) at its core.

We will continue to work to ensure an international level playing field to promote a complimentary, open, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, inclusive, and predictable trade and investment environment, they stated.

The nations reaffirmed their dedication to keeping markets open and enhancing supply chain cooperation.


The countries embraced a joint statement on avoiding future pandemics. They also agreed to jointly tackle challenges over low birth rates and aging societies through exchanges in between the federal governments and experts.


They reaffirmed a typical interest and responsibility to keep peace, stability and success on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia. The nations restated positions on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the kidnappings issue.

Source: Joint Declaration of the Ninth South Korea-Japan-China Trilateral Summit