US Secretary of State’s fifth Asian tour will visit China and South Korea

China News Service, February 13th Comprehensive report, US Secretary of State Kerry today opened the fifth Asian tour in a year. He will visit South Korea, China, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues with local officials. However, Kerry’s trip did not plan to visit his allies, Japan, which caused concern. Japanese diplomats worry that after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, the United States intends to ignore the “disobedient allies”. In the Asia-Pacific policy, the United States is trying to balance.

Through the signal of China’s peaceful development

The US State Department recently announced that Secretary of State Kerry will be in China, South Korea, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates from February 13 Make an access. This is the fifth time that Kerry has visited Asia in a year. He is expected to pass on the information that the United States welcomes China’s peaceful development during his visit to China.

US State Department Spokesman Psaki said in a statement that Kerry will visit the four 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.

Kerry’s visit to China is the second time he has been in Beijing since he took office. Psaki said that Kerry will send a message to China, that is, the United States is committed to seeking a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China, and welcomes China’s peace and prosperity, while playing an active role in international affairs. In addition, Kerry will discuss North Korea 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 Korea, Kerry will “explore how to expand US-South Korea cooperation in regional and international affairs, while continuing to work closely on the North Korean issue. ”

Asia-Pacific travels around Japan to attract attention

There is no Japan on the list of Kerry’s Asia-Pacific trips, which has attracted public attention in Japan. Against the backdrop of the downturn in East Asian relations, Japanese diplomats worry that Kerry’s trip to Japan will have a major blow to Japan’s diplomacy. Especially after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine in December last year, Kerry’s move “should seem to reflect dissatisfaction with Japan”.

According to US media analysis, in general, US high-ranking officials visit China and South Korea, and Japan is usually in the process of visiting. However, Kerry’s trip to Asia has excluded Japan, which is quite unusual. Some commentators also believe that after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Kerry’s move seems to be intentionally “cold down” in Japan.

In addition, Japanese Foreign Minister Kenichi Kishida was absent from the parliamentary deliberation and strongly requested to visit the United States and Kerry. One of the main purposes of the talks between Kishida and Kerry is to repair the gap between Japan and the United States formed by Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. During the talks, although Kerry did not directly talk about the issue of visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, he went straight to the ground and asked Kishida to express specific measures to improve Japan-ROK relations.

The Japanese media therefore believes that the bank’s trip has not achieved the goal of restoring mutual trust. Judging from the overall situation of the talks, the impact of Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine has not been eliminated.

Although the United States clarified that Kerry’s non-Visit Japan does not mean tension between the US and Japan, and stressed that Japan is still a key ally of the United States, but in the context of Abe’s disappointment, China and South Korea’s dissatisfaction Japan’s right-winging head is still growing and growing, and it has also caused concern in the United States. The US State Department rarely issued a statement, bluntly speaking to Abe’s move “disappointment”; this time Kerry bypassed Japan, no doubt let the outside world guess whether Japan-US relations are better. The US “Wall Street Journal” pointed out that Washington has doubts about Abe’s political judgment.

At the same time, the Japanese media also have doubts about the US “turning to the Asia-Pacific” strategy. Although Kerry and visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Kendon met, he vowed that the United States will abide by the “Japan-US Security Treaty” to protect Japan’s security from external attacks, but considering the Obama administration’s sharp cuts in defense spending, “return” The Asia-Pacific region has not seen the real chapter, and the Japanese media have questioned whether the United States can provide protection for Japan at a crucial moment.

US Asia Pacific Policy is Tested

Before Kerry’s trip to Asia, he was criticized for focusing his work in the Middle East. And neglecting the US’s Asian allies, this runs counter to Obama’s rebalancing strategy of “returning to Asia”.

Last October, Obama was absent from the APEC Leaders’ Informal Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, and the US — Asia-Pacific 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, the analysis said that Kerry wants to change the perception of most Asians and believes that the US’s strategy of returning to Asia is “unknown” and has to redouble its efforts.

Some comments have noted that in Obama’s State of the Union address report, there has been no direct mention of “turning to Asia” (Pivot to Asia), and despiteIt said that it would “support the allies in the Asia-Pacific region and create a safer and more prosperous future”, but did not propose any specific measures. The US’s “turning to the Asia-Pacific” policy seems to be just a castle-like vision in the air.

US foreign policy expert, Columbia University professor Hilstein · Norwich analysis believes that “turning to Asia” is one of the main reasons for the decline is that the United States find it difficult to gather allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Power, which is very different from its original design.

Under the increasingly tense Sino-Japanese relationship and the prominence of the DPRK nuclear issue, there is an analysis that Kerry’s trip to Asia is intended to emphasize that the United States has not forgotten the “Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy”.

The analysis pointed out that Kerry’s visit to China also has a willingness to balance US relations with China and Japan. White House deputy national security adviser Ben · Rhodes has said that the US and China leaders are likely to meet at the nuclear summit in The Hague in the Netherlands in March, the White House will give priority to Obama’s meeting with Chinese leaders during the meeting. Therefore, I believe that Kerry’s trip is also to a large extent for the upcoming US-China summit meeting “

In addition, how to mediate Japan-Korea relations will also become the goal of Kerry’s trip. The US believes that in order to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue, the cooperation between Japan, the United States and South Korea is indispensable; Japan and the United States must also gain South Korea’s understanding of strengthening defense cooperation. Japan and South Korea, both of which are US allies, have interrupted the dialogue and cast a shadow over the US policy of shifting military strategic priorities to the Asia-Pacific region. Japan-ROK relations must be moderated.

However, contrary to the US will, there is still no sign of improvement in Japan-Korea relations. Still in the United States, the United States, perhaps deeply scrupulous, may be trying to pass Kerry’s trip, appease South Korea, bridge the contradiction between Japan and South Korea, and repair the cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea. (End)

Responsible Editor: Zhu Malie

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