(3rd LD) South Korea, ASEAN Adopt New Partnership Vision Statement at Busan Summit

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By Lee Chi-dong and Kim Seung-yeon
(ATTN: UPDATES with statement from the Co-Chairs in paragraphs 13-16; ADD photo)

BUSAN, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) – Leaders of South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed at their special summit on Tuesday to improve their partnerships bilateral strategies on regional and global issues for a common response to the opportunities and challenges ahead.

President Moon Jae-in and Leaders of 10 Southeast Asian Countries Adopt “Common Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and Partnership” Following First Session of ASEAN-Republic Memorial Summit from Korea to Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The theme of Session I was “Republic of Korea-ASEAN 30 & 30”. The Republic of Korea is the official name for South Korea.

The Busan summit is designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of bilateral dialogue relations and seek ways to forge closer ties over the next three decades.

The statement will serve as a framework for South Korea’s future ties with ASEAN, in particular with the Moon administration preparing for its “New South Policy 2.0”.

South Korea and ASEAN agreed to build “a people-centered community of peace and prosperity.”

“(The two sides will) promote and facilitate dialogue and cooperation, including through ASEAN-led mechanisms, to support complete denuclearization and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner “, says the press release.

They took note of ASEAN’s willingness to continue playing a constructive role in contributing to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

The two sides will strengthen their cooperation in security fields to address traditional and non-traditional security challenges, such as transnational crime, terrorism and violent extremism, and further strengthen cooperation in cybersecurity with the aim of support the development of the digital economy in the region, he added.

In the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

In addition, they set themselves the goal of strengthening cooperation on issues of sustainability and the environment.

Speaking at the start of the session, Moon advocated “cooperation and solidarity” between the two sides.

“We are facing new challenges such as protectionism, transnational crimes and the fourth industrial revolution,” he said. “Only our cooperation and solidarity can overcome the challenges.

In Session II that followed, they discussed ways to “promote connectivity for sustainable prosperity”. South Korea is in talks with ASEAN to strengthen air transport connectivity, including a move towards a “more liberal and mutually beneficial air services agreement” with the aim of promoting people-to-people exchanges.

As co-chairs of this week’s summit, Moon and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a separate joint statement summarizing the results of the discussions.

“We commended the significant progress of the ASEAN-ROK relationship during this important year which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK dialogue relationship,” they said. “We also commended the Republic of Korea’s commitment under its New Southern Policy to further strengthen relations with ASEAN in accordance with the three pillars of the ASEAN community and appreciate the continued contribution of the Republic. from Korea to the development of the region.

In the document, Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to three principles in addressing the problems of the Korean Peninsula: zero tolerance for war, guaranteed mutual security, and co-prosperity. He reiterated his vision of transforming the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which divides the peninsula, into a zone of international peace.

In November 2017, Moon launched his government’s new southern policy, aimed at elevating Seoul’s strategic relationship, primarily with ASEAN, to a new level.

He has already visited all 10 ASEAN member states to show his commitment to the regional initiative.

Moon plans to have one-on-one talks with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith later today.

And he is due to host an official welcome dinner for the first Mekong-Republic of Korea summit to be held on Wednesday. It will involve the leaders of the “five countries of the Mekong”: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

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