Blinken visits Australia, Fiji and Hawaii to oppose China’s self-assertion


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Australia, Fiji and Hawaii next week to show US commitment to the Indo-Pacific region while focusing on the Indo-Pacific region as the crisis in Russia and Ukraine intensifies. is.

State Department Said Brinken will attend the Quad Ministerial Conference in Australia from February 9th to February 12th to meet with Indo-Pacific allies (Australia, Japan, India) for maritime security, climate change and coronavirus. Discuss cooperation to fight the pandemic.

During his trip to Australia, Blinken will hold “some important bilateral meetings” with Australian leaders such as Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Foreign Minister Subra Maniyam Jaishankar.

“Through this [Quad] A partnership that strengthens the security environment in the region to combat aggression and coercion. And through this partnership, we can help the recovery of the global economy, “says the State Department.

Blinken then heads to Fiji to meet with Prime Minister Bainimarama and the leaders of the Pacific Islands to discuss regional cooperation. This is the first time the Secretary of State has visited Fiji since 1985.

A top US diplomat concludes his trip to Hawaii, where he hosts a trilateral conference with Japanese and South Korean counterparts to discuss global challenges and “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

“The Secretary demonstrates the strength and credibility of the United States’ commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, especially its most important partners and democratic allies,” the Department of State added.

Policy analysts said more than 100,000 Russia near the border to focus on Blinken’s support for the Indo-Pacific region and boosting China’s growing claims despite the intensifying crisis in Ukraine. He claimed to be traveling because the troops had gathered.

Faced with US-led efforts by Russia to sue the Chinese Communist Party for human rights violations and put pressure on Russia’s military buildup near the Ukrainian border, the two leaders declared “unlimited” friendship on the first day of the Winter Olympics on Friday.They too signature An estimated $ 117.5 billion worth of gas and oil contracts.

After the meeting, the two leaders, who showed the United Front, issued a statement of more than 5,000 words and opposed what is called “intervention in domestic affairs” by “other countries” in a veiled reference to Washington and its allies. Was emphasized.

According to the statement, Russia recognized Taiwan as “part of China’s inviolability” and refused “in any way” the independence of the autonomous island, and Beijing supported Russia’s opposition to NATO expansion.

The two countries also “strongly condemn” the trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, the AUKUS Agreement, under which the United States and the United Kingdom will help Australia acquire nuclear submarines.

Dorothy Lee and Reuters contributed to this report.

Aldograph Redley

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.