New TCS Secretary-General Lee Hee-sup, center, poses with the outgoing Secretary-General Ou Boqian, second from right, and other guests during the organization’s recent meeting in Seoul. Photo courtesy of TCS

Lee Hee-sup will lead the trilateral organization

While the new Cold War comes to the surface newly with the Camp David Summit held this month, the importance of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) sheds light on something between its three member countries in East Asia.

Against this backdrop, the TCS hosted a reception this week ahead of the entity’s plan to embark upon its new phase with the seventh Consultative Board slated for Sept. 1.

According to the TCS, this event was a dual-purpose occasion.

First of all, it served as a heartfelt send-off to the departing sixth Consultative Board, comprised of Secretary-General Ou Boqian, Deputy Secretary-Generals Bek Bum-hym, and Sakata Natsuko.

In addition, it marked the advent of the seventh Consultative Board, led by Secretary-General Lee Hee-sup, accompanied by Deputy Secretary-Generals Zushi Shuji and Yan Liang.

On the podium before about 200 invited guests from the CJK governments, corporate entities, academia, media, diplomatic circles, and private associations, Lee pledged resolute efforts to deepen trilateral cooperation as well as urging the attendees’ support for the TCS. 

Congratulatory remarks graced the evening from representatives of the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), as well as the Embassies of China and Japan.

Deputy Minister Chung Byung-won of the MOFA delivered his message via video, while Ambassador Xing Haiming of the Embassy of China and Deputy Chief of Mission Kumagai Naoki from the Embassy of Japan came up with their voices, congratulating the incumbent board for their successful tenure and welcoming the new leadership. 

The 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 South 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, the three members have emphasized.

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