Biden’s Clash Against China

The Financial Times

52 days after President Joe Biden took office of the 46th US Presidency, he met with the “Quad” (Australia, India, Japan, USA) virtually to discuss the subject of COVID-19 and its vaccine distribution, and the problem in the Indo-Pacific region. US President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga dived right into the discussion over the COVID-19 vaccination amid the rising influence of the Chinese vaccine-diplomacy. The four countries agreed to commit to distributing 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022 which is seen by many as a countermeasure against China’s vaccine diplomacy which has been distributing free vaccines to its neighboring countries. Further discussions were on the problem in the Indo-Pacific region and its waters as PM Yoshihide Suga voiced his concern over Chinese activities in the Info-Pacific region, and to pursue freedom of navigation and rule-based maritime order. The four countries have also affirmed their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resolution of the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens. After the virtual Quad meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin flew to Tokyo to their Japan-US Consultative Committee (2+2) where they met and discussed with the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi and Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi over the Chinese human rights violations, Chinese maritime assertiveness, and China’s revise over the article 47 over the Chinese Coast Guards. Their joint statement presented a united front against China as the report reads, “The United States and Japan acknowledged that China’s behavior, where inconsistent with the existing international order, presents political, economic, military, and technological challenges to the Alliance and to the international community,” and their agreement follows, “They reaffirmed their support for unimpeded lawful commerce and respect for international law, including freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea.” Afterwards, Japan-US joint statements go on to present concern over the China Coast Guard Law and North Korea, ending with a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Secretary Blinken and Austin met with the PM Yoshihide Suga after the meeting with the ministers and headed to the 2+2 meeting in South Korea. On March 17, Secretary Blinken and Austin met with the Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Defense Minister Suh Wook where they predominantly discussed over the denuclearization of North Korea and the mutual commitment of the defense of South Korea. The joint statement released after the meeting demonstrates a strong military alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States as the report claims, “Both sides reaffirmed a mutual commitment to the defense of the ROK and to the strengthening of the ROK-U.S. combined defense posture, consistent with the ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty.” After the 2+2 with Japan and the 2+2 with Republic of Korea, Secretary of State Blinken flew to Anchorage, Alaska for his meeting with the top Chinese delegations. On March 18, back in the United States, Secretary Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Xi and Director Yang Jiechi with the talks kicking off with both sides trading icy words. While Secretary Blinken presented concerns over the Chinese human rights violations, cyber attacks, and more, which the Chinese delegations replied as the matters being Chinese concern alone and that the United States has its own problems to deal with. Jake Sullivan gave his remarks on the United States that they are working to fix those issues raised by Director Yang by giving a lecture on the improvements the US is making, “A confident country is able to look hard at its own shortcomings and constantly seek to improve, and that is the secret sauce of America.”

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