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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

Exploring Regional Economic Integration and the Future of Trilateral Cooperation July 17, 2024

GraSPP Research Seminar

GraSPP Research Seminar—Economic Policy, Finance & Development Series―hosted jointly with the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)


The trilateral cooperation process among the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) (CJK) began in 1999 and was further strengthened and institutionalized with the launch of the Trilateral Summit in 2008. Before the CJK cooperation process started, regional cooperation in Asia had been institutionalized and developed under the ASEAN+3 framework launched in 1997 in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. The latest Trilateral Summit, held on May 27, 2024, reaffirmed CJK’s commitment to implementing the Trilateral Cooperation Vision for the Next Decade adopted in 2019, which pointed out that the three countries’ long-term target is to achieve economic integration in the region. Furthermore, the “Trilateral + X Cooperation” was promoted at the Trilateral Summit in May 2024 to ensure the benefits of the trilateral cooperation would be extended to other countries so that the three countries can prosper together with other regions.

However, there have been obstacles to economic relations in East Asia; the China-Japan-the ROK Trilateral Free Trade Agreement (CJK FTA) negotiations have been at a deadlock since 2013. In the meantime, Japan led the negotiations for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)signed in March 2018 without China and the ROK. On the other hand, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which entered into force in January 2022, represents the first-ever economic partnership agreement, including CJK. It is expected to step up regional economic cooperation and help accelerate the long-awaited CJK FTA negotiation process, as stated in the Joint Declaration of the Ninth Trilateral Summit.

The TCS will host the 2024 Trilateral Economic Cooperation Seminar with The University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) by inviting the authors of the 2024 Trilateral Economic Report and other experts to discuss the research findings and exchange their views on possible measures to deepen economic integration among CJK and ASEAN.

Date & Time

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

10:00 -13:00 (JST, registration starts at 9:45)


SMBC Academia Hall, 4th floor, International Academic Research Building, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo


Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), The University of Tokyo

Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)




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Opening remarks

LEE Hee-sup, Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat


Welcome remarks

KAWAGUCHI Daiji, Dean & Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo


Group photo


Session I: Economic and trade cooperation in East Asia


SAWADA Yasuyuki, Professor, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo

Presentation & discussion:

LIU Qing, Deputy Dean & Professor, National Academy of Development and Strategy, Renmin University of China

KAWAI Masahiro, Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

JEONG Hyung-Gon, Senior Research Fellow, Japan and East Asia Team, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)

Archanun KOHPAIBOON, Associate Professor, Thammasat University (online)




Session II: Trilateral + ASEAN for regional economic integration


NISHIZAWA Toshiro, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), The University of Tokyo

Presentation & discussion:

ZHANG Jianping, Deputy Director, Academic Steering Committee, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation

KUNO Arata, Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Asia University

AHN Choong Yong, Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Chung Ang University

Dionisius NARJOKO, Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


Closing Remarks

LEE Hee-sup, Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat

Contact for inquiry

GraSPP Research Seminar Secretariat

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Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) is an international organization established with a vision to promote lasting peace, common prosperity and shared culture among the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. Upon the agreement signed and ratified by each of the three governments, the TCS was officially inaugurated in Seoul in September 2011. The establishment of TCS marked a significant milestone and achievement in terms of the institutionalization of the trilateral cooperation among the three countries started in 1999.