On May 22, 2023, Secretary-General OU Boqian of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) delivered an online lecture at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP).
SG OU introduced the history and overview of Trilateral Cooperation and the major programs that the TCS organizes. The presentation was followed by a Q and A session which focused on three themes; 1) Trilateral Cooperation amidst geopolitical difficulties 2) Common Challenges among CJK, and 3) Cooperation beyond the scope of CJK. Guided by the moderation of Professor NISHIZAWA Toshiro, the students actively raised questions expanding the themes above into fields of their interest such as human security, economic cooperation, gender equality, declining mutual perception, aging society, disaster reduction, cooperation with ASEAN countries, and so on.
SG OU especially emphasized the importance of face-to-face exchanges. The overload of information alongside the 2-3 year pandemic has provided less opportunities for direct communication among the people, and led to the exposure of extreme opinions while people live a double-faced life in the cyber world and the real world. “Cooperation” is the key to maintain lasting peace in the region regardless of the rapidly transforming geopolitical landscapes and challenges each country faces. SG OU encouraged the students of GraSPP by saying “Where there is a strong youth, there is a strong Northeast Asia”.