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Joe Biden in Asia to affirm American ambitions

Joe Biden, for whom the confrontation of the United States with China will be the great geopolitical reading grid for the years to come, is going to South Korea then to Japan for his first trip to Asia. The American president will meet the leaders of the two countries and will participate in Tokyo in a meeting of the Quad, this diplomatic format which he is keen to relaunch and which brings together the United States, Japan, India and Australia.
“There is no tension between giving time, energy and attention to Europe, and giving time, energy and attention to Asia. We believe that these two aspects are mutually reinforcing,” his national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Wednesday.

“Symbiosis” between European politics and Asian politics

If the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has monopolized the American administration for weeks, this crisis has also given wings to the diplomats and strategists of the first world power. The United States took the lead in the Western reaction, massively sending weapons to Ukraine and orchestrating economic sanctions. They are now working to expand NATO to Finland and Sweden, which would be a tactical triumph against Moscow.
Joe Biden will also receive Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at the White House on Thursday, before boarding Air Force One.
According to Jake Sullivan, this illustrates the “symbiosis” between the European policy and the Asian policy of the president, who will “weave the two together”.

China and Taiwan in everyone’s mind

The United States wants “to affirm the image of what the world can be if the democracies and open societies of the world come together to dictate the rules of the game”, around American “leadership”, said the adviser to the national security. “We believe this message will be heard in Beijing. But it’s not a negative message and it’s not aimed at just one country, ”assured Jake Sullivan.
China and Taiwan will nevertheless be on everyone’s mind. CIA Director Bill Burns recently claimed that China is following the Russian invasion of Ukraine “closely” and will learn from it about the “costs and consequences” of a forcible takeover of Ukraine. the island. “I think they were particularly struck by the way the Atlantic Alliance came together to impose economic costs on Russia in response to its aggression,” he continued.

Biden “with a brisk step”

Joe Biden, generally very fond of major diplomatic meetings, therefore starts “with a brisk step”, said his adviser again. The White House has clarified that the American president will not go to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas – where Donald Trump met in 2019 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for a spectacular but unchanged meeting. the trajectory of the regime.
US believes there is a ‘real possibility’ that North Korea will conduct ‘another missile launch’ or ‘nuclear test’ during Joe Biden’s trip, according to its national security adviser .
Pyongyang had tested nuclear weapons six times between 2006 and 2017, and the North Korean leader sees nuclear weapons as a way to weigh on the international scene and guarantee his relentless control of the country. The temptation could be great for him to carry out a demonstration of North Korean nuclear capabilities, as he faces a worsening coronavirus epidemic, the number of cases now exceeding 1.7 million according to the official press.

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