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2008年12月14日 (日)

日中韓首脳会談 定期対話で「共益」を目指せ

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Dec. 14, 2008)

Pursue shared interests via regular dialogues
日中韓首脳会談 定期対話で「共益」を目指せ(1214日付・読売社説)

Continuing multitiered cooperation among Japan, China and South Korea in a wide variety of fields will contribute to the development of stable, future-oriented tripartite relations.


Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak held a one-day summit meeting in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Saturday.


Since 1999, the leaders of the three countries have held trilateral meetings on the sidelines of regional summit meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. This was the first stand-alone meeting of the three countries' leaders, and the meeting will be held once a year from now on. This indicates that the tripartite relations have entered a new stage.


At the meeting, the three leaders agreed to cooperate closely on tackling the global financial crisis and North Korea's denuclearization.


The three economies decided to expand their currency swap deals to support South Korea, which has seen a plunge of the won against major currencies amid the worldwide financial meltdown. Japan and China, which both hold huge amounts of foreign currency reserves, have undertaken an important role in efforts to overcome the crisis in Asia and the rest of the world.



Array of possibilities

During the latest six-party talks in Beijing, North Korea refused to draw up a document stipulating sampling and other scientific procedures as part of the verification regime. To realize an effective verification process, it is vital to urge North Korea to accept sampling by not only Japan and the United States together, but also by Japan, China and South Korea in tandem.


The joint statement signed by the three leaders says the tripartite cooperation will be guided by the principles of openness, transparency, mutual trust, common interests and respect for the three countries' diverse cultures.


The tripartite cooperation offers various possibilities. It is important that Japan, China and South Korea share an understanding of the importance of contributing to regional peace and prosperity in cooperation with other Asian nations. At the same time, the cooperation should allow the three countries to pursue specific common interests.


The action plan that was announced after the meeting calls for trilateral cooperation in 31 areas in politics, economics and three other fields. The 31 areas include investment, energy, environmental protection, science and technology, youth exchanges, tourism and assistance on Africa. Trilateral cooperation in each area has already got rolling.



At the three nations' health ministers meeting held in November, they agreed on sharing information and compiling prompt measures to contain new types of influenza. Food safety--an issue that drew attention after cases of food poisoning caused by Chinese-made frozen gyoza emerged--is scheduled to be one of the items on the agenda for their next meeting.



China must watch its step

Deepening cooperation among the three nations on topics of common concern will have a favorable effect on the bilateral relations between Japan and China, Japan and South Korea, and China and South Korea.


Meanwhile, it is true that there are disputes regarding historical perceptions and territorial issues among the three neighbors.


During a bilateral meeting with Wen, Aso expressed his regret over the intrusion by two Chinese survey ships into Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands early this month.


It is not surprising that Aso lodged a protest. China should not repeat actions that could create obstacles to strategic reciprocal relations between Japan and China.


(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Dec. 14, 2008)

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