US President Biden, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Morrison held the ” Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” on March 12, Washington time. On the 13th March an article expressing their common vision that the four countries’ joint efforts to build a free and open Indo-Pacific was jointly published on the “Washington Post”.
The article did not mention China by name but pointed out that the challenge has intensified in recent years. Call for the whole Pacific region to unite, and it is necessary to take joint actions to provide the needed support to this region.
Meanwhile, the article also listed the effort on climate change, virus pandemic, and technological innovation the important topics and emphasized that success cannot be achieved without coordination and cooperation. At the same time, it is also expected the participation of ASEAN and Pacific countries.
As the world’s second-largest economy in GDP, China was not invited to participate in this meeting. That is for the reason. The author believes that the purpose for the leaders of the four countries use the platform of the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” to discuss regional security issues and conduct joint naval exercises is to respond to China’s increasingly aggressive posture in the Asia-Pacific region.
On the international front, Sino-U.S. relations are becoming increasingly tense in terms of geopolitics and full-scale rivalry. The United States has seen and has not ignored that the CCP has been secretly undermining Taiwan’s democracy and advocating the expansion of maritime power in the South China Sea.
Domestically, CCP has violated human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, systematically eroded Hong Kong’s autonomy, and has caused irreparable and huge losses to the lives and economy of people all over the world with the biochemical weapons from Wuhan P4 laboratory.
The four-nation meeting is to gather and strengthen forces to counter the provocations and threats of the CCP, and to form a united front to counter the challenges of the CCP: to hold the CCP accountable for the virus and finally to eliminate the CCP.
The article mentioned at the end: the epidemic of coronavirus is one of the greatest threats to health and economic stability in modern history. We must work together to prevent its spread. The author believes that it indicated the beginning of the world’s awakening. Countries have united to investigate thoroughly the truth of the origin of the virus. We cannot stop its spreading unless the origin is revealed. Once the truth is found, there is nothing but united together to destroy the CCP.
The CCP’s crime of genocide against Xinjiang has been convicted by the world. I believe that the CCP will be convicted for its virus war against the world, that is, the unrestricted war of biological and chemical weapons. And look forward to that day coming soon.
- Author: Liu Dazhui
- Editor: little ants brothers
Japan and U.S. Top Officials Emphasise China Concerns at Cabinet-Level State Visit
The vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific was repeatedly emphasized in a Japan-U.S. 2+2 joint press conference held earlier this week, where U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin discussed with their Japanese counterparts the particular threats posed by Communist China in the Indo-Pacific region. Japan is the first country visited by the two officials in their first round of Cabinet-level in-person state visits since President Joe Biden took office in January.
“We agreed on the recognition that China’s behaviour, where inconsistent with the existing international order, presents various challenges to the [Japan-U.S.] alliance and the international community. We remain opposed to any unilateral action that seeks to change the status quo, including in the East and South China Seas. We share serious concerns over the China coast guard law,” stated Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
Under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) command, the Chinese coast guard has continually patrolled Japan’s Senkaku Islands’ waters. These actions are a breach of international law.
“I reaffirmed my determination to protect the Japanese territory by all means, and the United States mentioned that Article V of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands, and we were able to confirm the commitment to the defense of Japan,” said Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.
U.S. Defense Secretary Austin called the Japan-U.S. alliance a cornerstone of the U.S. strategy to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
“I know Japan shares our concerns with China’s destabilizing actions, and as I have said before, China is a pacing challenge for the Department of Defense. And we know that competing in today’s shifting global dynamics can only be done through the spirit of teamwork and cooperation, which are the hallmarks of our alliance with Japan,” said Mr Austin.
U.S State Secretary Blinken also mentioned the CCP’s erosion of autonomy in Hong Kong and democracy in Taiwan as well as its abuse of human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, and the role of the Japan-U.S. alliance, along with the Republic of Korea, in defending the Indo-Pacific region and ensuring the wellbeing of its people.
The two nations also addressed the importance of the denuclearisation of North Korea.
The U.S. and Japan’s approach to the Communist China regime sounds encouraging. However, their attitude towards the CCP does not appear to be as strong as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump Administration.
Under the Trump administration in 2020, tens of thousands of Japanese and U.S. troops held a joint military operation in the form of an extensive island-landing exercise in the Pacific to show China the U.S. alliance with Japan against its attempted claim of Japan’s Senkaku Islands. Trump also began a trade war to squeeze Beijing. In his last days as Secretary of State, Mr Pompeo released a blazing condemnation of the CCP’s treatment of Uyghurs as genocide.
Trump also sent a strong message to Beijing in 2020 when he sent a U.S. Cabinet member to Taiwan and praise its democracy and its victorious Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus response.
As for the denuclearisation of North Korea, Trump seemed to handle the issue considerably well. He even invoked quite a favourable response from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. The only answer to Biden’s White House from North Korea so far has been a not-so-friendly response from Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong:
“We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land. If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
The Trump administration has significantly raised the bar for the Biden administration in U.S. relations with China. It will be interesting to hear the outcomes of the China-U.S. talks in Alaska next week.
These new senior U.S. officials proved they can talk the talk. Now, the real question is whether they can walk the walk. The Biden administration will reveal its proper stance towards the CCP through its actions, and the world will be watching.
U.S. Department of State. (March 16, 2021). Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi at a Joint Press Availability.
Blinken warns China against ‘coercion and aggression’ on first Asia trip
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China on Tuesday against using “coercion and aggression” as he sought to use his first trip abroad to shore up Asian alliances in the face of growing assertiveness by Beijing.
China’s extensive territorial claims in the East and South China Seas have become a priority issue in an increasingly testy Sino-U.S. relationship and are an important security concern for Japan.
“We will push back, if necessary, when China uses coercion and aggression to get its way,” Blinken said.
His visit to Tokyo with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is the first overseas visit by top members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet. It follows last week’s summit of the leaders of the Quad grouping of the United States, Japan, Australia and India.
Blinken’s comments come ahead of meetings in Alaska on Thursday that will bring together for the first time senior Biden administration officials and their Chinese counterparts to discuss frayed ties between the world’s top two economies.
Washington has criticised what it called Beijing’s attempts to bully neighbors with competing interests. China has denounced what it called U.S. efforts to foment unrest in the region and interfere in what it calls its internal affairs.
In the statement issued with their Japanese counterparts, Blinken and Austin said, “China’s behavior, where inconsistent with the existing international order, presents political, economic, military and technological challenges to the alliance and to the international community.”
The two countries committed themselves to opposing coercion and destabilizing behavior towards others in the region that undermines the rules-based international system, they added.
The meeting was held in the “2+2” format with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi as hosts.
North Korea was in sharp focus after the White House said Pyongyang had rebuffed efforts at dialogue.
The isolated nation, which has pursued nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, warned the Biden administration against “causing a stink” if it wanted peace, state media said on Tuesday.
Blinken underscored the importance of working closely with Japan and South Korea on the denuclearization of North Korea.
“We have no greater strategic advantage when it comes to North Korea than this alliance,” he said. “We approach that challenge as an alliance and we’ve got to do that if we are going to be effective.”
The ministers also discussed Washington’s “unwavering commitment” to defend Japan in its dispute with China over islets in the East China Sea and repeated their opposition to China’s “unlawful” maritime claims in the South China Sea.
They also shared concerns over developments such as the law China passed in January allowing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels.
China has sent coast guard vessels to chase away fishing vessels from countries with which it has disputes in regional waters, sometimes resulting in their sinking.
Motegi said China-related issues took up the majority of his two-way talks with Blinken, and expressed strong opposition to the neighbour’s “unilateral attempt” to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas.
In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news briefing that U.S.-Japan ties “shouldn’t target or undermine the interests of any third party,” and should boost “peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific”.
Blinken expressed concern over the Myanmar military’s attempt to overturn the results of a democratic election, and its crackdown on peaceful protesters.
He also reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to human rights, adding, “China uses coercion and aggression to systematically erode autonomy in Hong Kong, undercut democracy in Taiwan, abusing human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet.”
Motegi said Blinken expressed support during the meeting for the staging of the Tokyo Olympics, set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8 after being postponed from last year because of the coronavirus crisis.
But Blinken sounded non-committal in his remarks to Tokyo-based U.S. diplomats, saying the summer Games involved planning for several different scenarios. But he added, “Whenever and however Team USA ends up competing, it will be because of you.”
The U.S. officials ended the visit with a courtesy call on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is set to visit the White House in April as the first foreign leader to meet Biden.
Both will leave Tokyo for Seoul on Wednesday for talks in the South Korean capital until Thursday.
Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Kiyoshi Takenaka, Ju-min Park, Antoni Slodkowski, Elaine Lies, Chang-Ran Kim, Ritsuko Ando and David Dolan; Editing by Nick Macfie and Clarence Fernandez
Opinion: America’s partnerships are ‘force multipliers’ in the world
Ahead of that journey, we want to take the opportunity to lay out why alliances are vital to our national security and how they deliver for the American people.
Our alliances are what our military calls “force multipliers.” We’re able to achieve far more with them than we could without them. No country on Earth has a network of alliances and partnerships like ours. It would be a huge strategic error to neglect these relationships. And it’s a wise use of our time and resources to adapt and renew them, to ensure they’re as strong and effective as they can be.
It’s not only our one-to-one ties that are valuable. We’re also focused on revitalizing the relationships between and among our allies. As the president has said, the world is at an inflection point. A fundamental debate is underway about the future — and whether democracy or autocracy offers the best path forward. It’s up to us and other democracies to come together and show the world that we can deliver — for our people and for each other.
Consider the two allies we will visit this week.
Our work with Japan and South Korea covers a vast range of issues that are critical to our security and prosperity — and to the world’s. Our diplomats and defense leaders strategize together on how to confront shared threats such as North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. We stand together in support of democratic values and will do so strongly wherever they are challenged. We collaborate on the full spectrum of new global security issues, including climate change, cybersecurity, and health security and pandemic preparedness. And our governments and private sectors are intent on strengthening economic ties between our countries that benefit workers and businesses. All that work is tied directly to the safety, well-being and economic security of the American people.
There’s another reason we’ve made this part of the world the site of our first in-person travel as secretary of state and secretary of defense. The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly the center of global geopolitics. It is home to billions of the world’s people, several established and rising powers, and five of America’s treaty allies. Plus, a great deal of the world’s trade travels through its sea lanes.
It is strongly in our interests for the Indo-Pacific region to be free and open, anchored by respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law. This is a goal that Japan, South Korea and the United States share, and we will work together closely to achieve it.
Not all countries share this vision. Some seek to challenge the international order — that is, the rules, values and institutions that reduce conflict and make cooperation possible among nations. As countries in the region and beyond know, China in particular is all too willing to use coercion to get its way. Here again, we see how working with our allies is critical. Our combined power makes us stronger when we must push back against China’s aggression and threats. Together, we will hold China accountable when it abuses human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, systematically erodes autonomy in Hong Kong, undercuts democracy in Taiwan or asserts maritime claims in the South China Sea that violate international law. If we don’t act decisively and lead, Beijing will.
As President Biden has said, the United States will lead with diplomacy, because it’s the most effective way to meet the challenges we face today, few of which can be solved by us acting alone. At the same time, we will maintain the world’s most powerful armed forces, because that’s a core source of our national — and collective — strength. And we will work hard to renew our alliances and ensure they’re fit for purpose to address the threats and opportunities of our time.
That will be our message in Asia this week and throughout the world in the weeks and months ahead.