America's presence in the Pacific
The support of the liberal, rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific area is in the interests of the United States, South Korea, and Japan. This article suggests three avenues for collaboration.
The Indo-Pacific region's economy should be made more interconnected with the assistance of the US, South Korea, and Japan.
South Korea and the US should be participants in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Biden administration must finish the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework so that South Korea and Japan may choose their most beneficial positions.
South Korea, for instance, can handle internet connections and infrastructure. The three counties can find more effective means of achieving carbon neutrality by dispersing sustainable energy throughout the area.
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By enhancing intelligence sharing and conducting close military and security consultation, the U.S., South Korea, and Japan should strengthen their security cooperation to counter North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats.
For the peace and security of the area, South Korea's involvement in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue working group and subsequently full membership are desirable.
The three nations must create a crisis management system to handle any problems in Taiwan, the South China Sea, and the East China Sea.
South Korea and Japan can help the region's democratic stability because they are both solid democracies. Both have increased their advocacy for democracy, as shown in their responses to Myanmar and Russia.
These countries should cooperate closely to halt attempts by autocracies like China and Russia to undermine the United Nations and other international organizations' human rights standards.
For the prosperity, security, and democracy of the United States, South Korea, and Japan, a free and open Indo-Pacific region is essential. Due largely to its economic might, China has been gaining influence over this area.
Through commerce, supply networks, and investment, counties in this area are connected to China. A security infrastructure that can effectively control the region's planes and waters is also lacking.
The Ukraine Effect
Along with arousing European nations, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is also causing nations in the Indo-Pacific area to consider the likelihood of an impending conflict.
It is crucial to establish a framework for peace and prosperity in order to protect the democracies in Northeast Asia.
South Korea and Japan are the US's two most important military allies in Asia, and the US, Japan, and South Korea have the largest, third-largest, and tenth-largest economies in the world, respectively.
They have helped others transition to democratic government as leading democracies that uphold freedom of the individual, human rights, and the rule of law.
Despite these common traditions and objectives, the three countries' ability to work together is hampered by the internal politics that still shape each nation's perspective.
Antagonistic Due to the ongoing problem with relations between South Korea and Japan, efforts to reach trilateral accords have proved ineffective.
Improved US-Japan-ROK cooperation was one of 10 action plans in the Biden administration's Indo-Pacific policy, which was unveiled in February 2022, in response to this issue.
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1. White House, “The Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States,” February 2022, https://www. whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/U.S.- Indo-Pacific-Strategy.pdf.
2. US Department of the State, “Joint Statement on the US–Japan–Republic of Korea Trilateral Ministerial Meeting,” February 12, 2022, https://www. state.gov/joint-statement-on-the-u-s-japan-republic-of-korea-trilateral-ministerial-meeting/.
3. Yoon Suk-Yeol, “South Korea Needs to Step Up,” Foreign Affairs, February 8, 2022, https://www. foreignaffairs.com/articles/south-korea/2022-02-08/south-korea-needs-step.
5. Sook Jong Lee from Wilson Center