Human rights and democracy largely unaddressed

By: Jianli Yang & Sean Woo

Aug 29, 2023

In a historic move, President Biden hosted a major trilateral summit this month at Camp David in Maryland, bringing together South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The summit was driven by shared concerns about China’s growing military, technological, economic, and diplomatic dominance, as well as the urgent threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program. The leaders of the three democratic allies seized the opportunity to establish a significant trilateral partnership focused on broader security cooperation.

We must acknowledge the commendable efforts of these leaders in reaching this important milestone. But while their joint statement, titled “The Spirit of Camp David,” includes passing references to democracy and human rights, it falls short of making concrete commitments to “strengthen coordination on promoting democracy and protecting human rights.” This is a striking omission… [Continue Reading]