South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday took part in the East Asia Summit involving 18 nations including leaders of ASEAN members, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, where they discussed regional and international challenges.
During the session, held virtually President Moon called for continued support for a formal end to the Korean War, which he had suggested in his UN address.
The end-of-war declaration that I proposed at the UN General Assembly will open doors to dialogue, and will be an important starting point to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula and Asia, and lead to global peace.
Moon also said South Korea will play a role in global vaccine production to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, and will do its best to ensure a fair and swift supply of vaccines.
During Wednesday’s session, U.S. President Joe Biden expressed concerns over threats about international rules-based order.
He said the U.S. is deeply concerned by China’s coercive and proactive actions across the Taiwan Strait, a waterway linking Taiwan and the mainland.
He also added that he would speak out for human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet and the rights of the people of Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, according to Kyodo News, Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that during the EAS session, he conveyed Japan’s firm stance on maritime security in the South and East China seas to leaders of other countries.
This comes as China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the South China Sea is “our common home”, and that upholding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is in everyone’s interest.