Donning pink baseball caps with the Stanford emblem, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol stood on stage with fists to the air beside former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“I heard tomorrow is the Massive Sport,” Yoon stated. “Go, Stanford!”
The summit of world leaders, held on the Hoover Establishment on Nov. 17, spoke to the significance of cooperation between the Republic of Korea, Japan and the U.S. for the way forward for science and know-how.
Outdoors the constructing, “No to APEC” protesters gathered close to the visitor entrance, voicing opposition to the summit and U.S. involvement within the Pacific. “Stanford will body the trilateral summit as selling ‘peace and prosperity within the area,’ omitting and obscuring the warlike posturing, land dispossession … and collusion with genocide engendered by … summit individuals,” learn a public assertion.
The “No to APEC” coalition has beforehand interrupted related APEC seminars held at Stanford. In the course of the annual APEC summit the day gone by, the place Yoon and Kishida had met briefly with U.S. President Joe Biden, protesters additionally blockaded the Fifth and Mission streets in San Francisco.
In the course of the dialogue, Kishida and Yoon sat on both facet of Rice, director of the Hoover Establishment and the moderator of the occasion, who opened the dialogue on local weather change, carbon neutrality and quantum know-how.
Kishida praised Stanford for its improvements that, in response to him, have contributed to world technological progress. He stated that improvements from “a worldwide ecosystem of start-ups” are significantly wanted to handle issues like local weather change.
Yoon stated “game-changer” improvements like AI, quantum science and 6G are “altering the way forward for mankind,” however cautioned of privateness and security threats like potential breaches of encrypted knowledge.
Kishida and Yoon concurred that the Camp David trilateral summit with Biden in August strengthened the alliance between the three states, which they described as important amid safety threats from China and North Korea.
Japan-Korea relations have since expanded to incorporate cooperation on challenges launched by developments in science and know-how, like provide chain and safety points, Yoon stated. The trilateral summit between Biden, Kishida and Yoon was the first-ever stand-alone summit between the leaders of the U.S., Japan and South Korea.
“Cooperation between allies and like-minded nations is extra vital than ever,” Kishida stated.
Among the many viewers had been professors, entrepreneurs, delegates from each nations and a restricted variety of invited college students.
Ryota Sato ’25, one in all 15 Stanford college students invited to a personal assembly with Kishida earlier than the summit, described the prime minister as “a really pleasant determine.”
It was “like a dialog I’d have with my uncle,” Sato stated.
For Alex Ravel ’26, Kishida’s humor about ChatGPT writing his opening remarks and Yoon’s assist for the Stanford soccer group prematurely of Massive Sport livened the summit.
Simply exterior the Hoover Establishment, round 50 “No to APEC” protesters hoisted indicators, chanted slogans and beat makeshift drums. Beneath the rain, they wore plastic ponchos.
Contrasting the optimistic perspective that the world leaders inside took on Camp David, a number of audio system on the protest disapproved of and criticized the trilateral summit.
Yungsu Kim ’25, a member of the Stanford Asian American Motion Committee (SAAAC) who spoke on the protest, stated the summit led to collective army escalation within the Pacific by the U.S., Japan and South Korea, “rising tensions in an space that already looks like it’s getting ready to struggle.”
“The one actual demand[s] we’re echoing … [are] divestment calls already being made by different college students on campus,” Kim stated, referring to related protests at earlier APEC occasions at Stanford.
Some protesters stated they felt the trilateral summit to be a part of American efforts to extend management over the Pacific and elevate U.S. pursuits over these of regional peoples. Chants from the group referred to as Yoon a “U.S. puppet” and “traitor.”
The protest drew communities from past campus too, together with an activist group from Los Angeles that raised environmental issues associated to radioactive wastewater within the Pacific. Holding indicators studying, “No Dumping Fukushima’s Radioactive Water!” they chanted, “Cease ocean dumping now!”
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant, which suffered a nuclear meltdown after a magnitude 9.1 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011, not too long ago launched a 3rd batch of radioactive water into the ocean, sparking protests from fishing teams and demonstrations in South Korea.
Different protesters criticized the U.S.’ historic presence within the Pacific, together with the usage of inhabited islands as bomb testing websites.
“I grew up listening to tales of our islands being colonized for ‘strategic’ causes and the way a whole lot of the Indigenous peoples had been assimilated and murdered,” stated David Apineru ’27, a local of American Samoa.
“Our islands had been used as bomb testing websites the place [the U.S.] simply dropped bombs on our islands, [and] we nonetheless really feel the results,” Apineru stated. “Listening to in regards to the nuclear waste dumping into the Pacific infuriated me.”
Kim stated that at present, the enlargement of U.S. bases within the area continues to harm the Indigenous individuals of these lands.
Protesters stated victims of escalating militarism additionally included “consolation ladies,” or ladies forcibly trafficked to Japanese army brothels through the Sino-Japanese Conflict and World Conflict II. They held a grieving ceremony that included Korean shaman-inspired dancing.
The general public assertion condemns “the historic denialism enforced by summit individuals that forbids consolation ladies, compelled laborers and all different victims of US and Japanese struggle crimes from searching for correct justice.”
The protesters voiced robust criticism of present and former U.S. leaders for his or her assist of American army presence in each the Pacific and elsewhere, utilizing expletives towards Biden, Rice, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Yells of “From Okinawa to Korea to the Philippines, cease the U.S. struggle machine!” resounded by means of practically all three hours of the demonstration, which lasted till the heads of state left.
Demonstrators additionally condemned the gathering nations’ involvement in arms commerce and safety cooperation with Israel amid the continuing Israel-Gaza battle. The group repeatedly referred to as for “Ceasefire now!”
Round midway by means of the summit, the group paraded round Primary Quad, briefly stopping on the steps dealing with the Oval to listen to speeches from college students attending the occasion. The march proceeded by means of the middle of Primary Quad earlier than returning to the entrance of the Hoover Establishment shortly earlier than the occasion ended.
Junah Jang ’25, a protest organizer who led many chants, stated the demonstrators’ aim was to “increase visibility across the reality that there’s a very lively opposition to this alliance.”
“We hope to make use of this momentum to begin constructing a coalition round some of these points within the Asia-Pacific area,” she stated.