Original title: Kerry will visit four Asian countries instead of Japan
Xinhuanet Beijing, February 11th According to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, US Secretary of State Kerry will Visited China, South Korea, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates on the 13th of this month. This is the fifth time that Kerry has visited Asia since he served as Secretary of State. It is expected that during his visit to China, he will pass on the message that the United States welcomes the peaceful rise of China.
US State Department Spokesman Psaki said in a statement that Kerry will visit the four Asian countries from the 13th to the 18th of this month. In April this year, US President Barack Obama will also visit Asia to promote his strategy of transferring the US strategic center to Asia announced in 2011.
Psaki said that Kerry will meet with senior government officials during a visit to Seoul, Beijing, Jakarta and Abu Dhabi to discuss a series of bilateral, regional and international issues. It is expected that China’s air defense identification zone in the East China Sea and North Korea’s nuclear development plan will be the focus of Kerry’s talks when visiting Beijing and Seoul.
Kerry’s visit to China is his second trip to Beijing since he took office. Psaki said that Kerry will send a message to Chinese officials, that is, the United States is committed to seeking a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China, and welcomes China’s peaceful and prosperous rise, while playing an active role in international affairs. . In addition, Kerry will also discuss the North Korean issue with Chinese officials and emphasize the importance of cooperation between China and the United States in the field of climate change and clean energy.
During his stay in Seoul, Kerry will “explore how to expand US-ROK cooperation in regional and international affairs, while continuing to work closely with the North Korea issue. During the visit to Jakarta, Kerry will co-chair the joint committee meeting under the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership with Indonesian officials.
The US State Department said that during his visit to Abu Dhabi, Kerry would discuss with local officials important issues concerning bilateral relations. Kerry has been on the stage for more than a year, and has been criticized for putting most of his time in promoting the Middle East peace process; this runs counter to Obama’s rebalancing strategy of “returning to Asia”.
In October last year, Obama was absent from the APEC Leaders’ Informal Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, and the US-Asian Summit and East Asia Summit in Brunei due to the US government’s budget crisis. Presented by Kride. This has once again challenged the United States’ commitment to shift its strategic focus to Asia.
In December last year, US Vice President Biden also visited Japan, China and South Korea. However, Kerry wants to change the views of most Asian people and believes that the US strategy of returning to Asia is notorious and has to redouble its efforts.
Because Kerry is visiting Asia in the context of the downturn in East Asia, Japan’s itinerary does not include Japan’s attention. Tokyo diplomats worry that Kerry’s trip to Japan will be a big blow to Tokyo’s diplomacy. Especially after the incident of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in December last year, Kerry’s move seems to reflect dissatisfaction with Japan.
However, on the 7th of this month, Kerry met with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Manda in Washington. He reiterated that the United States will fulfill its 1960 treaty obligations and safeguard the security of its allies. He also indicated that the US does not recognize or accept China’s air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, nor does it intend to change the way it operates in the region.
Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang