7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Seoul - 2015.03.21

The 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was convened on March 21, 2015 in Seoul, ROK.

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Matrix of Major Events for Trilateral Cooperation in 2015

The three Ministers welcomed the release of the “Matrix of Major Events for Trilateral Cooperation in 2015” by the TCS during the 7th Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

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SG IWATANI Shigeo’s Outreach Visit to ASEAN – 2015.03.02-06

TCS Secretary-General Iwatani Shigeo visited Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia from March 2nd to 6th, 2015, with a view to strengthening TCS’ partnership with relevant organizations and institutions and enhancing TCS’ role in East Asia Cooperation.

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10th Trilateral Senior Foreign Officials' Consultation held in Seoul – 2015.03...

The 10th Trilateral Senior Foreign Affairs Officials' Consultation was convened on March 11, 2015 in Seoul, ROK.

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The 2nd Trilateral Director General-Level Meeting on Forestry Cooperation was held on January 22, 2015 in Jeju, ROK.

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TCS will hold International Forum for the Trilateral Cooperation 2015 (IFTC) in ...
The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) will host the International Forum for the Trilateral Cooperation (IFTC) 2015, under the theme of “Challenges and Opportunities – Ushering into a New Era” on April 3rd in Tokyo. Beyond political uncertainties in the region, the TCS expects the IFTC to be the momentum for deeper cooperation in Northeast Asia sharing insightful and constructive experiences and proposals on the trilateral cooperation.  The Forum will be composed of 4 sessions: 1) Keynote Speeches, 2) “Towards a Peaceful and Cooperative Northeast Asia: Exploring Practicable Trilateral Dialogue Mechanism for Common Security”, 3) “Cooperate to Learn, Learn to Cooperate: The Trilateral Educational Exchanges and Sense of Community”, 4) “New Opportunities for Trilateral Industrial ‘Coopetition’: Collective Voice of Business Leaders toward CJK FTA and Beyond”. The Forum examines a variety of current affairs including dialogue mechanism in Northeast Asia, regional educational exchanges, CJK FTA, and etc. Dignitaries from the three countries including former Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Fukuda Yasuo, former Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Li Zhaoxing, and former Korean Prime Minister Mr. Han Seung-soo will deliver keynote speeches and express their expectation for the trilateral cooperation. Following the Forum, the TCS will also host the Trilateral Business Networking Reception 2015 to build up networks for new business opportunities, and share future vision of trilateral industrial cooperation. The IFTC is one of the annual brand projects of the TCS with an aim of sharing vision of peace and common prosperity in Northeast Asia. Past distinguished guests include former Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Hatoyama Yukio, former Korean Foreign Minister Mr. Kim Sung-hwan, and former China’s State Councilor Mr. Tang Jiaxuan. The 2012 IFTC, titled Year of Transition and the Trilateral Cooperation was honored to have the then-Presidential candidate (current ROK President) Park Geun-hye’s noble attendance to share her vision for the Northeast Asia regional cooperation. * Attendance in IFTC is on an invitation basis. The outcome will be announced publicly after the forum.

Joint Press Release of the Seventh Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting among...
1. The Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China convened in Seoul, for the Seventh Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on March 21, 2015, and engaged in an in-depth discussion on various issues including the current status and future direction of the trilateral cooperation, and regional as well as global affairs.  2. The three Ministers expressed their expectation that trilateral cooperation mechanism may head towards restoration on the occasion of this Meeting, held after almost three years since April 2012. The three Ministers also shared the view that trilateral cooperation mechanism should continue to remain and develop as an important framework of cooperation for peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia. In this regard, Ministers of Japan and the People’s Republic of China highly appreciated the active role of the Republic of Korea as the chair country in leading the trilateral cooperation for the past years, including the hosting of this Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.  3. The three Ministers acknowledged that there has been steady progress in trilateral cooperation in various areas, despite fluid situations in the Northeast Asian region in recent years. The three Ministers welcomed that various trilateral ministerial meetings in areas including environment, culture, public health, finance, transportation and distribution, audit, disaster management, earthquake cooperation, and patent were successfully convened during the last two years. The three Ministers decided to encourage a more active promotion of over 50 intergovernmental consultative mechanisms, including about 20 ministerial-level mechanisms, as well as numerous cooperation projects among the three countries.  Furthermore, the three Ministers shared the view that the three countries have actively pursued the institutionalization of trilateral trade, investment, and economic relations. While welcoming the improvement of investment environment with the Trilateral Investment Agreement which came into effect in May 2014, the three Ministers decided to make continued efforts towards the acceleration of trilateral FTA negotiations.  The three Ministers appreciated the efforts made by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat(TCS), since its establishment in September 2011, to promote trilateral cooperation, and welcomed the release of the “Matrix of Major Events for Trilateral Cooperation in 2015” during this Meeting by the TCS.  4. The three Ministers emphasized that respective bilateral ties among the three countries constitute an important foundation for trilateral cooperation, and that the deepening of trilateral cooperation, in turn, contributes to each bilateral relations and to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Northeast Asian region. In the spirit of facing history squarely and advancing towards the future, the three Ministers agreed that three countries should address related issues properly and to work together to improve bilateral relations and to strengthen trilateral cooperation.  The three Ministers appreciated the various endeavors made to promote regional cooperation, and decided to make joint efforts to achieve the common goal of building regional trust and cooperation. In this regard, the Ministers of Japan and the People’s Republic of China highly appreciated and welcomed the Republic of Korea’s “Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative”. In addition, the three Ministers decided to further strengthen trilateral nuclear safety cooperation in Northeast Asia, and to expand cooperation in areas including nuclear security, disaster management, environment, and youth exchange.  Furthermore, the three Ministers decided to resume the “Trilateral Counter-Terrorism Consultation” and the “Trilateral Policy Dialogue on Africa”, and to continue the “Trilateral Cyber Policy Consultation”, “Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution” under the framework of Trilateral Environmental Ministers’ Meeting, “East Asian Cultural Cities”, “CAMPUS Asia”, “People-to-People Exchange Forum”, and media exchange projects. The three Ministers also decided to newly promote the “Trilateral Youth Summit”, cooperation among diplomatic training institutions, network among think-tanks, and the “Trilateral Policy Consultation on Middle East Affairs”. Moreover, the three Ministers expressed their intention to explore cooperation in areas, such as capital cities and aging society projects.  5. The three Ministers exchanged views on various regional and global issues.  The three Ministers reaffirmed their firm opposition to the development of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, and shared the view that international obligations and commitments under all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement must be faithfully implemented. In addition, the three Ministers decided to continue their joint efforts to resume meaningful Six-Party Talks to make substantial progress in denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  The three Ministers shared the view that trilateral cooperation is an important component of East Asia cooperation, and decided to make joint efforts to contribute to building trust in East Asia through regional dialogues and cooperation. In this vein, the three Ministers welcomed the upcoming launch of the ASEAN Community and decided to build on this momentum by strengthening trilateral cooperation within the existing regional frameworks, such as ASEAN, ASEAN+3(APT), East Asia Summit(EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF), and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC).  The three Ministers exchanged views on global issues including response to terrorism and extremism, the situation in Ukraine, Middle East affairs, and the international economy, and decided to continue close coordination on various challenges the international society faces. 6. based on the accomplishments achieved through this Meeting, the three Ministers decided to continue their efforts to hold the Trilateral Summit at the earliest convenient time for the three countries.  /END/

7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Seoul - 2015.03.21
The 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was convened on March 21, 2015 in Seoul, ROK. The meeting was presided by H.E. Mr. YUN Byung-se, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, and attended by H.E. Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Foreign Minister of Japan, and H.E. Mr. WANG Yi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China. At the meeting, the three Foreign Ministers had in-depth discussions on various issues including the current status and future direction of the trilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues of common concern. The three Ministers shared the view to continue and develop the trilateral cooperation as an important framework of cooperation for peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia. Mr. IWATANI Shigeo, Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) also participated in the meeting and gave a report on the progress of trilateral cooperation and TCS’ work over the past years. The three Ministers appreciated TCS’ effort to promote the trilateral cooperation and welcomed the release of the “Matrix of Major Events for Trilateral Cooperation in 2015” on TCS’ website. A joint press conference was held after the meeting, where the three Ministers reaffirmed their commitments to push forward the healthy and sustainable development of the trilateral cooperation.

Matrix of Major Events for Trilateral Cooperation in 2015
 PART I: Trilateral Ministerial Meetings in 2015  1. 18th Trilateral Meeting of the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions (February 9, Malaysia) 2. 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting (March 21, ROK) 3. 7th Trilateral Tourism Ministers' Meeting 4. Trilateral Ministerial Meeting on Water Resources 5. 17th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea6. 14th Trilateral Financial Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting 7. 7th Tripartite Governors’ Meeting among the Central Banks 8. 7th Trilateral Heads’ Meeting of Personnel Authorities 9. 7th Trilateral Culture Ministers’ Meeting 10. 8th Tripartite Health Ministers’ Meeting 11. 15th Trilateral Policy Dialogue Meeting of Intellectual Property Offices 12. 10th Trilateral Economic and Trade Ministers’ Meeting 13. 4th Trilateral Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation 14. 5th Trilateral Customs Heads’ Meeting  15. 2nd Trilateral Agricultural Ministers’ Meeting 16. 4th Trilateral Heads of Government Agency Meeting on Disaster Management 17. 6th Trilateral ICT Ministerial Meeting  Note: The 6th Transport and Logistics Ministerial Meeting and the 7th Tripartite Meeting on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation will take place at the earliest in 2016.  PART II: Trilateral Cooperation Activities held or expected to be held in 2015  2-1. Political Field 1. 10th Trilateral Senior Foreign Affairs Officials’ Consultation (March 11, ROK) 2. 8th Trilateral Top Regulators Meeting (TRM) on Nuclear Safety 3. 2nd Trilateral Cyber Policy Consultation 4. 9th Trilateral Director-General Meeting on Latin American Affairs 5. 5th Trilateral Policy Dialogue on Africa 6. 3rd Trilateral Counter-Terrorism Consultation 7. Deputy Director-General Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation 8. Network of Think-Tanks for Trilateral Cooperation (NTTC) 9. International Forum for the Trilateral Cooperation (IFTC) 2015 10. CJK Marine Cooperation Workshop 11. 10th Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum (NATF) 12. 8th Trilateral Cooperation Forum of China, Japan and Korea 13. CJK Annual International Symposium 14. International Seminar on Trilateral Security Cooperation 15. 15th East Asia Seminar on the United Nations 16. 3rd Trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) on Disaster Management  2-2. Economic Field 17. Negotiations on CJK FTA 18. 8th Trilateral Seminar on Banking Regulation & 6th Meeting among Deputy Heads of Banking Regulatory Authorities 19. 2015 Trilateral Standing Committee Meeting on Standards Cooperation & 14th Northeast Asia Standards Cooperation Forum 20. 14th Technical Meeting of NEAL-NET (Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network) 21. 14th Yellow Sea Rim Economic and Technological Conference 22. 3rd Trilateral Intellectual Property Symposium 23. 14th Director-General Meeting on Open Source Software (OSS) & 14th Northeast Asia OSS Promotion Forum 24. 6th Meeting of the Organization for the East Asia Economic Development (OEAED) 25. Trilateral Business Networking Reception 2015 26. 7th Trilateral UN Global Compact CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Round Table Conference  2-3. Social and Cultural Field 27. 5th Meeting of Trilateral Committee for Promoting Universities Exchange and Cooperation among universities 28. 5th Trilateral Meeting of Heads of National Institute of Education 29. 10th Symposium on Educational Travel 30. 17th Trilateral Friendship City Exchange Conference 31. 2nd Trilateral People-to-People Exchange Forum 32. East Asian Cultural Cities and Activities 33. 3rd Trilateral Art Festival 34. 3rd East Asia Forum on Literature 35. 18th Trilateral Conference of Friendly Exchange of Buddhism 36. 2nd Trilateral Renowned Journalists’ Roundtable Dialogue 37. Trilateral Journalists Exchange Program 2015 38. Trilateral Future Leaders Round Table (Future Leaders Forum) 39. 23rd Trilateral Junior Sports Exchange Meet 40. 12th Trilateral Children’s Fairy Tale Exchange Contest 41. 2015 Trilateral Youth Summit 42. Young Ambassador Program 2015 43. Trilateral Cooperation Workshop for Public Officials 44 Trilateral Culture Art Education Forum 2015  2-4. Sustainable Development Field 45. 2nd Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution (March 12-13, ROK) 46. 17th TEMM Youth Forum 47. 18th Expert Meeting for Long-range Transboundary Air Pollutants (LTP) in Northeast Asia 48. 9th Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Chemicals Management 49. 3rd Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Bio-diversity 50. 9th Sound Material-Cycle Society/ Circular Economy/ 3R Seminar 51. 15th Tripartite Environmental Industry Roundtable 52. 12th Tripartite Presidents Meeting (TPM) among NIER, NIES and CRAES 53. 15th Tripartite Environmental Training 54. 16th Tripartite Environmental Education Network (TEEN) Symposium/Workshop 55. 11th Symposium of FANEA (Forum for Agricultural Policy Research in North East Asia) 56. Trilateral Fisheries Institutes’ Heads Meeting 57. 12th International Workshop on Giant Jellyfish among China Japan and the ROK 58. 2nd Trilateral Director General Level Meeting on Forestry Cooperation (January 22, ROK) 59. 6th Trilateral Director-General’s Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation 60. Trilateral Forum on Water Resources at 7th World Water Forum 61. 9th Trilateral Forum on Communicable Disease Control and Prevention  (This list is based on the information collected by TCS. It may not cover all the trilateral cooperation events to be held in 2015, and its content is subject to change)

SG IWATANI Shigeo’s Outreach Visit to ASEAN – 2015.03.02-06
TCS Secretary-General Iwatani Shigeo visited Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia from March 2nd to 6th, 2015, with a view to strengthening TCS’ partnership with relevant organizations and institutions and enhancing TCS’ role in East Asia Cooperation.  During the trip, SG Iwatani paid courtesy visits to Secretary-General Othman Bin Hashim of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, and Secretary-General Le Luong Minh of ASEAN Secretariat. SG Iwatani briefed them on the latest development of trilateral cooperation and TCS major activities, and asked for their continued support for TCS’ participation in the ASEAN+3 process.  SG Iwatani also met with the heads of missions of the ROK, Japan and China to ASEAN – Ambassador BAEK Seong-taek, Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi, and Chargé d’ Affaires Mr. LU Jing – to discuss possible ways to promote coordination among the three countries in their cooperation with ASEAN. In addition, SG Iwatani visited ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic and Research Office (AMRO), Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC), and Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. SG Iwatani and the dignitary of each organization exchanged views and agreed to explore potential agendas for regional cooperation in the relevant functional areas.  Meeting with Datuk Othman Bin Hashim, Secretary-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Courtesy Call to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN Secretariat Meeting with Dato’ Steven CM Wong, Deputy Chief-Executive of ISIS Malaysia Meeting with Mr. Yoichi Nemoto, Director of AMRO Meeting with Mr. Yoshihisa Endo (the center at the left side), Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC

10th Trilateral Senior Foreign Officials' Consultation held in Seoul – 2015.03...
The 10th Trilateral Senior Foreign Affairs Officials' Consultation was convened on March 11, 2015 in Seoul, ROK. The meeting was presided by Mr. Lee Kyung Soo, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, with the participation of Mr. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. Mr. IWATANI Shigeo, Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) also participated in the meeting.During the meeting, the three senior officials reviewed the progress of trilateral cooperation since their last meeting in 2014 and exchanged views on the future direction of trilateral cooperation. The three sides also had in-depth discussion on the upcoming Trilateral Foreign Ministers Meeting and agreed to continue communication and coordination for its preparation. The three sides shared the views that all parties should cherish the progress achieved and take this opportunity to restore stalled cooperation by revitalizing various consultative mechanisms and cooperative projects. With regard to the issues related to the TCS, the three senior officials reiterated their appreciation for TCS’ contribution and agreed to continue making joint efforts in supporting TCS’ activities.

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