Biden’s journey between South Korea and Japan lights up East Asia
The president of the United States Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-yeol will meet today in Seoul to discuss their military alliance. North Korea is feared to resume nuclear tests that have been suspended for five years. Biden’s first trip to Asia as president is somewhat overshadowed by what a US official called “saber noises” emanating from North Korea, which the White House says could take advantage of this highly publicized moment to test a missile. or an atomic bomb. “On our side, we are ready,” this anonymised official told reporters traveling with Biden.
South Korean intelligence services warned that North Korea has completed preparations for a nuclear test, the seventh in its history. In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price acknowledged that a “provocation” from Pyongyang is a real risk. “We are concerned that North Korea may attempt another provocation during the president’s visit to Northeast Asia or in the days to come,” Price said, referring to North Korea.
While tensions with North Korea and the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be the main topics of conversation, Biden’s main goal at today’s summit is to establish “a strong personal relationship” with Yoon, who came to power on May 10, the US official said. . Like Japan, South Korea is seen as a key player in the US strategy to contain China and keep what Washington calls “the free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Biden is betting on chips but has the military alliance in mind. And Xi welcomes him with a military exercise
Biden will fly to Japan tomorrow, where he will meet the emperor, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and will participate in the Quad Summit, a diplomatic format that brings together the United States, Japan, India and Australia. As the Manifesto reports, “the details of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework will be announced, with which the White House hopes to raise private investments of up to two billion, especially in the energy transition and digital development. For now only Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia have explicitly declared their intention to be part of it “.
The councilor pMeanwhile, for American national security, Jake Sullivan said the visit is not against Beijing and at the same time he reopened the door to dialogue, revealing that “it would not surprise me if Presidents Biden and Xi spoke to each other again in the next few days”. Meanwhile, however, Beijing has welcomed Biden by starting new military exercises in the South China Sea.
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