The threat of China `casts a shadow` on US ministers' visits to allies 0The threat of China `casts a shadow` on US ministers' visits to allies 0

(Dan Tri) – Threats from China and North Korea are considered central issues during the visit of the US Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense to Asia this week.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (Photo: Reuters).

According to SCMP, threats from China and North Korea will `shadow` the first foreign trip of senior ministers in President Joe Biden’s cabinet this week.

A senior US administration official said on March 13 that US officials have tried to approach North Korea through many different channels since last month, but so far have not received a response.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to visit Japan and South Korea for four days, starting March 15, as the Biden administration is looking to promote partnerships.

The trip by two top officials in the US administration aims to restore what President Biden hopes will be a peaceful and stable approach to Tokyo and Seoul, after four years of ups and downs under former President Donald Trump.

After reassuring their counterparts about America’s commitments to the security of Japan and South Korea, the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense are expected to focus on topics including an increasingly assertive China.

In his first months in office, Mr. Biden signaled his desire to bring the issue back to the Asia-Pacific region at the forefront of US foreign policy.

On March 12, President Biden participated in a summit with the leaders of the `Quad` including India, Japan and Australia.

`A free and open Indo-Pacific region is vital. America is committed to working with you, our partners, and all of our allies in the region to achieve

Despite speculation that the new administration will reverse Mr. Trump’s openly tough policy towards China, Mr. Biden has so far not canceled any of his predecessor’s policies.

China is not a destination on Secretary of State Blinken’s schedule, but after finishing his trip to Seoul, the US diplomat will fly back to Washington and go through Alaska – where he and his national security adviser are staying.

`After the past 50 working days, Secretary of State Blinken and I will enter the meeting with senior Chinese representatives from a position of strength,` Mr. Sullivan announced on March 12.

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