[정치인사이드] From the ASEAN Summit to the G20… Building a foothold for the cultural peace process amid a suffocating diplomatic battle – Cheonji Ilbo

President Moon Jae-in speaks during the ASEAN+3 video summit held at the Chungmu Office of the Blue House on the 27th. 2021.10.27 (Source: Yonhap News)

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“The declaration of the end of the war is the starting point for world peace”

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Possible encounter with Biden at G20 meeting

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[천지일보=김성완 기자] President Moon Jae-in, who is nearing the end of his term in office, entered a multilateral diplomatic war, starting with Asia on the 26th. From the 28th, they will move to the European stage and hold a breath-taking diplomatic battle until the 5th of next month.

While emphasizing the will to jointly overcome the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the diplomatic stage, President Moon is expected to focus on building a foothold for the restart of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, along with requests for support from each country for the declaration of an end to the war.

President Moon urges support for end-of-war declaration

President Moon began full-scale multilateral diplomacy, starting with attending the ASEAN-related video summit (26-27).

At the 24th ASEAN+3 (Korea, China, Japan) Summit held on the afternoon of the previous day (27th), President Moon broadly exchanged opinions on ways to strengthen ASEAN+3 cooperation in key areas such as health, finance and economy to overcome COVID-19. .

In particular, he said, “In order to overcome the corona virus and achieve an inclusive recovery, strengthening health cooperation is urgently needed.

He also thanked ASEAN for supporting the Korean government’s peace process on the Korean Peninsula, and asked for unwavering interest and support for the process toward a peaceful Korean Peninsula, including the declaration of an end to the Korean War.

In a phone call with Cheonji Ilbo, Concordia International University’s Vice-Chancellor for External Relations, Woosoo Woo-geun, said, “We need to get along well economically and strategically with these Southeast Asian countries,” saying, “We need to get along well with these Southeast Asian countries.” This is because it is a sea route, is a production base in the international division of labor, and these countries are also emerging consumer markets.”

Although our diplomacy has been centered on the four major powers surrounding the Korean Peninsula, we need to focus our efforts on these countries as well.

Meanwhile, although the meeting was in the form of video, attention was drawn to it as it was the first meeting between President Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. At the beginning of the speech, President Moon also mentioned Prime Minister Kishida’s name and said “Welcome”.

President Moon Jae-in speaks during the ASEAN+3 video summit held at the Chungmu Office of the Blue House on the 27th.  2021.10.27 (Source: Yonhap News)
President Moon Jae-in speaks during the ASEAN+3 video summit held at the Chungmu Office of the Blue House on the 27th. 2021.10.27 (Source: Yonhap News)

On the same day, the East Asia Summit

On the evening of the same day, the 16th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held via video. To the leaders of China, Japan, Russia and ASEAN countries, including US President Joe Biden, President Moon said, “The declaration of an end to the war opens the door to dialogue and is an important starting point for peace on the Korean Peninsula, Asia and the world. do,” he said.

After emphasizing the solidarity of East Asia to overcome COVID-19 and respond to the climate crisis, the Blue House also exchanged opinions with the heads of countries on regional and international situations, and expressed South Korea’s will to contribute to regional peace and stability, the Blue House reported.

“For peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, sincere diplomatic efforts are needed to resolve the Myanmar crisis and complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Biden said. There was no mention of an end-of-war declaration.

The meeting was attended by President Moon, the heads of nine ASEAN countries, the leaders of ASEAN dialogue partners, the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) secretary-generals.

Earlier, on the afternoon of the 26th, President Moon resumed multilateral diplomatic warfare, starting with his participation in the 22nd ASEAN-Korea Summit. The meeting evaluated the achievements of cooperation between Korea and ASEAN based on the New Southern Policy over the past four years, and reaffirmed the will to continue strengthening cooperation in the New Southern Policy in the future. The ASEAN-ROK leaders also adopted a joint statement containing such content.

President Moon proposed the ASEAN-Korea Health Vaccine Initiative for expanding vaccine and therapeutic production capacity, equitable distribution, and strengthening the public health system. Furthermore, through the prompt resumption of inter-Korean and North Korea-US dialogue, he made substantial progress toward complete denuclearization and establishment of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. The Blue House said that it also requested continuous support from the ASEAN level to achieve this.

At every ASEAN-related summit, President Moon made all-out efforts to arouse the international community’s attention by expressing the necessity of a declaration of an end to the Korean War and the idea of ​​resuming the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

President Moon Jae-in speaks at the 16th East Asia Summit held via video at the Chungmu Office of the Blue House on the 27th.  2021.10.27 (Source: Yonhap News)
President Moon Jae-in speaks at the 16th East Asia Summit held by video in the Chungmu Office of the Blue House on the 27th. 2021.10.27 (Source: Yonhap News)

A European tour… Pope’s Prevention Map

After completing the ASEAN-related summit, President Moon departs through Seoul International Airport on the same day and will visit Italy, the UK and Hungary for 9 days and 7 nights until the 5th of next month.

According to the Blue House, President Moon will visit the Papal Palace in Vatican City on the 29th, the next day, to prevent Pope Francis as his first schedule. A separate meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin is also planned. This is the first visit to the Vatican in three years since October 2018, and it is likely that there will be discussions regarding the Pope’s visit to North Korea in the process.

On the 30th and 31st, they will participate in the G20 summit in Rome under the theme of ‘People, Environment, and Prosperity’ to discuss international cooperation for an inclusive and sustainable recovery. Whether to hold a meeting with US President Joe Biden is also of interest, and if the meeting is successful, it is highly likely that President Moon’s plan to declare an end to the war will progress further.

Next, on the 1st and 2nd of next month, he will attend the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) held in Glasgow, UK. President Moon plans to inform the international community of Korea’s 2050 carbon-neutral scenario and the plan to raise the national greenhouse gas reduction target by 2030.

In addition, he will make a state visit to Hungary on the last schedule of his European tour (October 2-4) and continue to meet with the leaders of the Visegrad group (V4) in which Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland participate. It is the first visit to Hungary in 20 years since President Kim Dae-jung in 2001.

Following the summit meeting with President Ader on the 3rd, he will hold a separate meeting with Prime Minister Victor Orban on the 3rd, and will return to Korea on the 5th after completing the schedule of attending the Korea-Visegrad group summit on the 4th.

Conditions for the resumption of dialogue between the U.S. and the U.S. as President Moon stepped up to the forefront of multilateral diplomacy and emphasized our status and role as an advanced country in the international community, as well as putting a strong drive to restart the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, especially with the declaration of an end to the war. It is noteworthy whether it can lead to practical results amid the continuing differences of opinion.

According to the Blue House on the 22nd, President Moon Jae-in will tour three European countries for 9 days and 7 nights to attend the G20 summit in Rome, Italy at the end of this month.  (Source: Newsis)
According to the Blue House on the 22nd, President Moon Jae-in will tour three European countries for 9 days and 7 nights to attend the G20 summit in Rome, Italy at the end of this month. (Source: Newsis)

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