Unity at Camp David: U.S., South Korea, and Japan Unite Amid Asian Tensions


President Joe Biden shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, as South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol looks on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, at Camp David, the presidential retreat, near Thurmont, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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In a historic move signaling the gravity of Asia’s security landscape, President Biden is hosting South Korea’s President and Japan’s Prime Minister at Camp David this Friday. 

The trilateral summit is the first of its kind under Biden and marks the first time foreign leaders have been invited into the storied presidential retreat.

The three democratic nations are coming together amid shared deep concerns over China’s expansion pursuits in military, technology, and diplomacy, as well as the nuclear threats emanating from North Korea. 

The South Korean and Japanese leadership, while navigating domestic pressures, are engaging in what the White House has termed “courageous diplomacy.” The two nations aim to resolve longstanding grievances, a crucial step in presenting a united front.

Key commitments are expected to emerge from the summit, including a “duty to consult” crisis hotline between the three nations. The hotline, official stress, is a measure of preparation, not a signal of aggression.

Furthermore, the leaders are poised to release a statement emphasizing the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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