expand our national territory, but we can broaden the scope of our lives and
ideas as much as possible. If we respect, connect and cooperate with each
other, there will be no limit to economic and cultural boundaries. I hope that
the two summits held this time will help our people feel closer to ASEAN over
the horizon and recognize the region as a space for living.
countries are young, dynamic, and they have great growth potential.
Nonetheless, they want to achieve growth step by step in a manner of their
choosing while protecting their unique cultures. That is why our experience of
having accomplished economic growth and democracy while maintaining our
identity even when surrounded by major powers appeals to ASEAN. Economic
cooperation with ASEAN will bring great benefits even to one another’s future
countries value harmony, and they are inclusive. In the face of ever-increasing
issues such as polarization, climate change and international conflicts that
require joint actions to resolve, ASEAN looks for solutions through dialogue
from early on. What makes this possible is the underlying “Asian spirit,” which
regards mutual benefit as a virtue. In the 21st century, Asian wisdom will be
able to bring hope to humanity.
where the continent and ocean meet. Our long-lasting dream is to emerge as a
bridging state between the continent and ocean, absorbing and connecting the
strengths of both sides. While building friendships with the 10 ASEAN
countries, we have opened up more sea routes. Now, what remains is to cross the
continent by land from Busan. Even if there are difficult junctures and all
sorts of impasses ahead of us, we cannot give up the dream of becoming a
bridging nation. We can become a country that is not struggling while stuck
between major powers but that links them together and creates peace and
prosperity. Busan is the starting point. I want to realize this dream together
with the people.
Now, I am
seeing off precious guests. The last four days have been a time to confirm that
ASEAN’s dream is Korea’s dream. The consideration and commitment demonstrated
by the ASEAN leaders at this summit will transform the world into a warmer,
more dynamic and more peaceful place, going beyond Asia. I extend my gratitude
to you for being here together. I hope that you will return home with pleasant