US President Joe Biden announced a complete ban on imports of Russian oil and energy products on March 8, 2022. Photo: AFP
A few days before US President Joe Biden’s visit to Asia, his envoy to Japan admitted that Biden’s visit to Asia would be directed at China, and he claimed the visit would be a “wake-up call” to China, while Chinese analysts said that it reveals Biden’s true purpose of the visit is to form an American-led clique in Northeast Asia to surround China instead of for peace and development of the region.
The visit to Asia was an important part of the Biden administration’s efforts to push its “Indo-Pacific strategy” across the Asia-Pacific region in an attempt to close in on China militarily, politically and economically. But Chinese analysts said that after his attempt to proclaim his economic strategy for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) was rejected last week by ASEAN members in Washington, his attempt in Northeast Asia will be just another fruitless effort.
Ahead of Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan on Friday, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel told Nippon TV that China is not expected to participate in the US-initiated IPEF, and the new framework is not about low costs and efficiency, which is China’s strength, but about sustainability and stability.
He said Biden’s visit to Japan would show the strength of the bilateral alliance with China. “It’s a wake-up call to China that America is the permanent presence and power in the Pacific,” he said.
The White House previously said that Biden’s visit from the 20th-24th. May is aimed at further deepening the ties between governments, economies and people, and the trip will further the Biden administration’s “solid commitment” to a “free and open Indo-Pacific region”. “and to US treaty alliances with South Korea and Japan.
Emanuel’s remarks indicated that Biden’s visit to Asia would in no way be a peaceful, but rather a provocative visit, looking forward to pushing the country’s encirclement of China by gathering an economic clique of IPEF after building security and political cliques. in Australia-UK-USA (AUKUS) trilateral. security partnership and the US-Japan-Australia-India (Quad) dialogue, Lü Chao, an expert on the Korean Peninsula issue at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
Last week, the Japanese envoy to the United States, Koji Tomita, said Biden’s IPEF is likely to be formally launched in Japan during Biden’s visit, Kyodo News reported.
US trials have been revealed at last week’s US-ASEAN summit, in which the Biden administration declared IPEF members ASEAN members but was not well received as experts said IPEF lacks substance and some standards may be too high for developing economies and more importantly, it is a geo-strategic framework, rather than a purely economic framework, with the aim of decoupling from China.
Emanuel’s comments further proved that it was an exclusive club excluding China, Da Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asian Studies at Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.
IPEF was not mature, and with political polarization, sharp party political conflicts and increasing pressure from midterm elections to the Biden administration, it is no easy task to get IPEF adopted in Congress and implemented, Da said.
Southeast Asian countries ‘lack of interest in it has proven that the Asia-Pacific countries will not buy the United States’ new geopolitical clique shrouded in economic issues, Lü said.
One of Biden’s main purposes of this visit is to persuade South Korea to be firmer in its alliance with the United States and Japan. But Chinese analysts said South Korea would not take a stand with the United States to curb China, as Monday’s frank talks between Chinese and South Korean foreign ministers revealed that bilateral cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, economy and securing the global supply chain were highly recognized by the to lande.
Chinese Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on China and South Korea to “guard against the risks of the new Cold War and oppose camp confrontation” while meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin via video link on Monday.
“When we stand at a new starting point, we should take the right direction and create another 30 years with greater development of the relationship between China and South Korea,” Wang said.
Both sides should pursue their respective and common interests, oppose the negative tendency towards “decoupling” and “cut-off chains” and maintain the stability and smoothness of the global industrial chain and supply chain, Wang said.
Park said South Korea hopes to take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as a new starting point for maintaining high-level exchanges, deepening economic and trade cooperation, promoting people-to-people exchanges and promoting bilateral relations. to a new level.
Lü said Park, considered a pro-American politician, has shown a willingness to deepen relations with China, and both China and South Korea strongly recognize the importance of bilateral cooperation in the future.
In 2020 and 2021, bilateral trade between China and South Korea reached new heights, and many South Korean companies are optimistic about China’s economic prospects and market potential.
South Korean chip maker SK Hynix began building a new plant in Dalian, Liaoning province in northeastern China, and is expanding its capacity to factories in Wuxi and Chongqing, the company told guancha.cn on Tuesday.
The lecture, prior to Biden’s visit, showed that South Korea will not join the United States to limit China, Lü said.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has indicated that his new government will join IPEF, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
Da said that although South Korea participated in the IPEF, it aims to use the platform to explore more economic presence in Southeast Asia.