December 17, 2010 12:07
The U.S. State Department wants to boost three-way cooperation between Seoul, Washington and Tokyo, it said in the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which charts the future direction of American diplomacy.
The report said the U.S. will "strengthen regional cooperation through forums such as like trilateral meetings between the United States, Japan, and [South] Korea" and "partner" with them "on new and emerging challenges" as it is doing with NATO on cybersecurity.
The report also outlines U.S. plans to "create a more systematic trilateral process with Asian allies, including the U.S.-Japan-Australia trilateral and the U.S.-Japan-South Korea trilateral," which will look to expand trilateral cooperation beyond the Korean Peninsula to "include the Lower Mekong and the Middle East."
Washington seems resolved to deal with the North Korean threat through three-way cooperation with South Korea and Japan while keeping China's rapid rise in check.
The plans also appear aimed at using strong ties with Seoul and Tokyo to strengthen its position in Asia, which has emerged as the growth engine of the global economy.
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