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US-Japan-South Korea Alliance Strengthens Against China: A New Cold War in Asia

[Voice of Hope, August 1, 2023](Comprehensive report by our reporter Ting Fang) Against the background of the intensifying competition between the United States and China, and the United States’ continuous strengthening of defense relations with Indo-Pacific countries, relations between China, Russia, and North Korea have brought Asia to a new level The situation of a “new cold war”. According to the “Financial Times” report on August 1, the United States wants Japan and South Korea to agree that all three countries have an obligation to consult with the other two countries if they are attacked. Washington also has separate bilateral alliances with Tokyo and Seoul.

According to people familiar with the matter, the White House hopes to bring the two Pacific allies closer to increase deterrence against North Korea and China. U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yue plan to issue a joint statement at the Camp David Summit on the 18th. The White House urged Tokyo and Seoul to jointly declare that the three countries will strengthen deterrence and promote defense cooperation. The United States, Japan and South Korea are also discussing the establishment of a hotline for leaders of the three parties, strengthening trilateral exercises, network security, missile defense, and economic security.

Christopher Johnstone, a senior consultant and director of Japanese affairs at the Center for International Strategic Studies, an American think tank, analyzed that “Tokyo and Seoul issued a statement confirming that the security of the two countries is interrelated, which will be of historic significance. Of course Pyongyang will hear it.” , Beijing may hear it more clearly.”

Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, said, “Despite strong opposition from China, the U.S. is a permanent Pacific power. The U.S.-Japan-South Korea trilateral partnership is a major strategic shift in favor of our collective vision.”

The report analyzed that efforts to bring Tokyo and Seoul closer are the latest part of the Biden administration’s strategy to strengthen alliances in the Indo-Pacific region. Other Indo-Too multilateral frameworks include: the “U.S.-Japan-India-Australia Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” and the “Australia-UK-U.S. Tripartite Security Partnership.”

Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund, believes that “among these alliances, the ‘US-Japan-South Korea axis’ worries China the most.” “In recent months, the United States, Japan, and South Korea have engaged in closer joint missile defense exercises and data sharing, which will lead to a significant deterioration in China’s security environment.”

It is expected that the leaders of the United States, Japan and South Korea may jointly issue a joint press communiqué or agreement after the talks on the 18th, which will include: an epoch-making cooperation plan to strengthen extended deterrence, economic security cooperation aimed at building a global supply chain programs and more.

Li Chengxian, a senior fellow at the George Bush Foundation for US-China Relations, told VOA: “North Korea, China and Russia came together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bloody conflict between the communist and democratic camps in the 20th century. The beginning of a “new Cold War” structure.”

Yonhap News Agency stated that eight of Kim Jong-un’s 10 activities last week were related to the Chinese and Russian delegations. “All these actions mean the emergence of a new Cold War surrounding the Korean peninsula,” said a geopolitical expert quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying.

According to the analysis of the South Korean government, North Korea’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with Russia is relatively stronger this time. North Korea is one of the few countries that has declared that it is “in the same trench as Russia”.

Anthony Rinna, an expert on North Korea issues at the China-North Korea research think tank “Sino-NK”, said, “North Korea understands that it cannot focus all its attention on China and not on Russia, which has suffered from loss of confidence in North Korea in recent years. Uneasy about the influence of North Korea, China has been working hard to rebuild relations with North Korea. In addition, China remains largely an engine of the global economy, while both North Korea and Russia are highly isolated from the international community. This makes the relationship between North Korea and Russia difficult. The narrative has a different style from the narrative of China-North Korea relations.”

In this regard, senior media person Pang Zhong believes that the two camps in Asia, the US-Japan-ROK alliance and the China-Russia-DPRK alliance, are escalating and intensifying. some more.

Pang Zhong said: “If North Korea continues to threaten South Korea and launch missiles, the US-Japan-South Korea alliance will increase sanctions on individuals and related entities. If there is an accidental missile launch, the US, Japan and South Korea will take resolute and effective actions until the Kim family is wiped out. regime.”

Current commentator Zhang Tianliang once analyzed that the alliance between Japan, South Korea and the United States is an “Asia-Pacific version” of NATO. “If Russia loses the war and turns to Europe and the United States, Japan and South Korea in the east will form an alliance with the United States, Taiwan will form an alliance with the United States, and countries such as the Philippines and Australia in the south will all form alliances with the United States. In addition, these countries in Central Asia are not allies of the CCP. The CCP is in a state of being surrounded on all sides. In fact, Europe, the United States, and the CCP may all be thinking about what the international order should look like after the Russo-Ukraine war ends.”

Responsible editor: Zhang Lili

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2023-08-02 04:31:07

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