The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, commonly abbreviated GEACOP (the S was eliminated because it made the name too long: GEACOPROS) , is a geo-political and economic organization of 25 countries located in East Asia and 17 observers from other parts of Asia and North America, which was formed on 6 of November, 1943 by Japan, Manchukuo, India, China, Burma, Philippines, and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Malaya, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, Tibet, Tuva, Far Eastern Republic, Altai, Uyghuristan, Papua New Guinea, Yakutia, Buryatia, Khakassia, and Vietnam.
Its aims include the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, the protection of the peace and stability of the region, and to provide opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully. Originally it was an organization to promote Japan's Hegemony in Asia, but since the Modern Renaissance the GEACOP has change and give more freedom to its members.
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Great East Asia Conference
The Greater East Asia Conference (大東亜会議Dai Toa Kaigi?) was the Conference that created the GEACOP. It took place in Tokyo from 5 to 6 November 1943: Japan hosted the heads of state of various component members of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The conference was also referred to as the Tokyo Conference.
The Conference addressed few issues of any substance, but was intended by the Japanese to illustrate the Empire of Japan's commitments to the Pan-Asianism ideal and to emphasize its role as the “liberator” of Asia from western colonialism.
The following dignitaries attended:
- Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan
- Zhang Jinghui, Prime Minister of Manchukuo
- Wang Jingwei, President of the Nationalist Government of Republic of China in Nanjing
- Ba Maw, Head of State, State of Burma
- Subhas Chandra Bose, Head of State of of Free India
- José P. Laurel, President of the Second Philippine Republic
- Prince Wan Waithayakon, envoy from the Kingdom of Thailand
The Conference issued a Joint Declaration promoting economic and political cooperation against the Allied countries.