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Anthony Blinken Tours Asia Without Concrete Plan on China


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Unlike the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, the Communist Party of China‘s (CPC) position on relations between the Asian giant and the United States is clear, as it aims to impose the CPC’s agenda and evade responsibility for human rights violations.

Biden and Harris, however, have sent messages that suggest continuing the past administration’s tough policy to combat the CCP.

For example, it has continued to denounce the genocide committed against religious minorities in China and has maintained its support for American allies in the region. Nonetheless, Biden’s foreign policy is still under review, according to the White House.

Accordingly, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in Tokyo on Monday on a tour ahead of their March 18 meeting with Chinese diplomats.

The American diplomats are visiting Japan and South Korea to discuss issues relating to “increasing pressure from the People’s Republic of China and the continuing threat of North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.”

In contrast, Zhao Lijian, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, emphasized that the U.S. should “abandon the Cold War and zero-sum mentality, respect China’s sovereignty, security and development interests.”

The CCP immediately activated propaganda with the narrative that it is America, led by the Biden-Harris administration, that “needs this meeting more than China, so the U.S. quickly released the information.”

The Chinese regime’s pro-Chinese media were positive that, according to them, Chinese strength had an effect in getting Washington to announce the high-level meeting first.

Blinken visits Asia

The trips to the Indo-Pacific by the senior officials is the first since they took office. In its statement, the State Department said the visits “are intended to underscore the U.S. commitment to these partnerships and the security of the region.”

Blinken and Austin’s visit comes days after the U.S. Navy’s Indo-Pacific command hearing, where Admiral Philip S. Davidson expressed his concerns about the region’s security.

The role of South Korea and Japan is critical to the United States in the region considering that the countries are home to the majority of U.S. military personnel in Asia.

South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook (left) holds talks with U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville (right). (EFE)

The Japanese government has been emphatic in its commitment to the security of a free and open Indo-Pacific region and has expressed concern about Taiwan’s security in the face of increasing Chinese military incursions into Taiwanese territory and Japanese waters.

Human rights concerns

The positive attitude of the Chinese media towards relations with the United States is part of the argumentation with which the Asian giant seeks to blame Washington for the cold diplomatic relations for defending human rights in Xinjiang and to prevent, on the other hand, the “peaceful rise of China” to world leadership.

At the press conference held by spokesman Zhao Lijian, the official said that “the first thing the U.S. should do is to pay attention to and improve the domestic human rights situation, instead of pointing fingers at others on the basis of lies and rumors.”

The CCP regime has expressed on multiple occasions that the claim of “genocide in Xinjiang is ridiculous and baseless.” China has a clear stance on the development of its foreign policy and at the dialogue table demands to suspend interference in the internal affairs of its country, focus on cooperation to go on the “right path of healthy and stable development” between the relations of the two countries, leaving aside, of course, everything related to human rights violations by the Chinese regime.

Camilo Bello is a consultant focused on Asia Pacific studies and has experience in strategic management. He has studied law in Colombia and is currently pursuing studies in language and history at National Taiwan Normal University. He has collaborated with Students for Freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan // Camilo es consultor enfocado en estudios de Asia Pacífico y experiencia en gestión estratégica. Cuenta con estudios en Derecho en Colombia y actualmente se encuentra realizando estudios en lenguaje e historia en National Taiwan Normal University. Colaborador de Estudiantes por la Libertad en Hong Kong y Taiwán

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