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February 27, 2023

Shangri La Hosts US, Japan, Republic of Korea Trilateral Dialogue

Center for Islamic Art, Culture & Design Collaborates with East-West Center to Host Official Dialogue Between Allies

Conversations focused on deepening cooperation on emerging technologies, supply chain resiliency, and semiconductor industry initiatives

HONOLULU, HI – On Monday, February 27, 2023, the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design hosted an official trilateral dialogue under the auspices of the United States National Security Council in collaboration with the East-West Center. The  dialogue brought together officials from the U.S., Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to discuss ways to collaborate on critical and emerging technologies; increase supply chain resilience; and coordinate on measures to protect sensitive technologies, among other topics.

“Shangri La’s art, architecture, and surrounding nature make it a powerful place for new learnings and perspectives. That also makes Shangri La a perfect setting for globally significant conversations,” said Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Executive-in-Residence and Interim Executive Director, Meredith Artley. “It was a delight and honor to partner with the East-West Center to host the Trilateral dialogues between the US, Japan, and Republic of Korea."

“A safe and prosperous 21st century depends on a safe, prosperous and collaborative Asia-Pacific region,” said Sam Gill, President and CEO of the Doris Duke Foundation. “We are grateful to the East-West Center for their leadership—and for the opportunity to put Shangri La’s unique setting for reflection, contemplation and conversation in service to these vital dialogues.”

Prior to the diplomatic meeting at Shangri La, the delegates met at the East-West Center for wide-ranging discussions with experts from prominent think tanks and educational institutions on ways for the three countries to strengthen ties on economic security and promote common interests.

East-West Center and Shangri La officials share a mutual respect and delight to have on-going opportunities to join forces in hosting such high-level discussions. The institutions plan to collaborate on similar future discussions including the East-West Center’s  Senior Journalists Seminar that will meet at Shangri La in March.

“The East-West Center is incredibly fortunate to be able to collaborate with such a spectacular resource as Shangri La in bringing key regional dialogues to Hawai‘i,” said EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum. “We’re grateful to the Doris Duke Foundation for their partnership on hosting this trilateral meeting and look forward to future joint endeavors.”

Read full Press Release here.

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