“The Second Trilateral High-Level Dialogue on the Arctic” (Results)
June 8, 2017
1. The Second Trilateral High-Level Dialogue on the Arctic among Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea was held in Tokyo on June 8, 2017. Ms. Kazuko Shiraishi, Ambassador in charge of Arctic Affairs, and her Chinese and Korean counterparts, Mr. Gao Feng, Special Representative for Arctic Affairs, and Mr. Kim Young-jun, Ambassador for Arctic Affairs, as well as representatives from relevant ministries and research institutions, attended the meeting, which was chaired by Japan.
2. An overview of the meeting is as follows:
(1) During this meeting, presentations on each country’s Arctic policy, various challenges related to the Arctic and the possibility of future Japan-China-ROK cooperation in this field, among others, were given by officials from the three countries and the person concerned from research institutions, followed by active discussions by the participants. Ambassador Shiraishi underscored that Japan’s efforts in the filed of the Arctic have made progress steadily based on Japan’s Arctic Policy adopted at the Headquarters for Ocean Policy in October 2015.
(2) At this meeting, the Joint Statement (English (PDF) / Japanese (PDF)), which mentions the importance of maintaining cooperation based on a rule-based maritime order, further strengthening three countries’ contributions to the various international fora over the Arctic and trilateral cooperative projects related to cooperative research for environmental changes and joint observation in the scientific research area over the Arctic, was adopted.
(3) Based on the proposal from the People’s Republic of China, it was confirmed that the People’s Republic of China will host the Third Trilateral High-Level Dialogue on the Arctic in 2018.