Ex-Diplomat Proposes 4-Layer East Asian Security Framework

Friday, May 21, 2010

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hitoshi Tanaka, senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange, proposed Friday that East Asia have a "four-story" security framework capable of dealing with sources of instability in the region.

During a panel discussion at the 16th International Conference on the Future of Asia, Tanaka, a former deputy foreign affairs minister, said that the framework would have bilateral arrangements, such as the Japan-U.S. alliance, on the ground floor; confidence-building among such countries as Japan, the U.S. and China on the second floor; Northeast Asia's six-party talks on the third; and, on the top, a forum comprising the 16 East Asian summit nations and the U.S. to deal with natural disasters and other matters.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.