New U.S. Defense Secretary Asia-Pacific Banks face can not cover up the cool inside

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 New U.S. Defense Secretary Asia-Pacific Banks face can not cover up the cool inside


WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (Xinhua News Agency) - The new U.S. Defense Secretary, Mr. Esper, plans to end his visit to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea on August 9. This is Espers first overseas visit since he officially took charge of the Pentagon in late July.

Analysts believe that Espers choice of Asia-Pacific as his first visit reflects the importance that the United States attaches to the region. He tried to strengthen relations with Australia, Japan and South Korea and coordinate his position on regional issues. However, in view of the economic and military differences between the United States and its Asia-Pacific allies, Espers visit seems lively, but the actual effect is probably limited.

Steady the hearts and minds of the people

During Espers visit to the five countries, public opinion focused on Australia, Japan and South Korea. In Sydney, Esper met with Australian Defense Minister Reynolds, and joined US Secretary of State Pompeo in the US-Australia bilateral ministerial consultation meeting, emphasizing the US-Australia alliance.

During his visit to Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the two sides agreed to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance. During his talks with Japanese Defense Minister Iwaya, Esper talked to the other side about the escort alliance, namely the so-called international maritime security mission led by the United States in the Middle East crude oil transport hub, the Strait of Hormuz, and exchanged views on the deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea.

In South Korea, Esper discussed the US-ROK alliance and the DPRK nuclear issue with senior officials such as South Korean Defense Minister Zheng Jingdou, emphasizing that the United States and South Korea should strengthen defense cooperation. During the talks, Zheng Jingdou mentioned the recent export restrictions imposed by Japan on South Korea and pointed out that this economic retaliation measure is adversely affecting security cooperation between the three countries.

According to an article in Foreign Policy magazine, Esper launched his first foreign visit within two weeks and chose the Asia-Pacific region as his destination. These are undoubtedly the results of careful consideration, which shows that the US Department of Defense attaches great importance to the Asia-Pacific region. The Pentagon has been vacant for a long time, and the disorderly foreign policy of Trumps government has aroused great anxiety and confusion among countries. There is no doubt that Americas Asia-Pacific allies have been on the lookout. Espers visit is intended to pacify their allies.

Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told reporters that Esper hoped to use his visit to exchange views and seek consensus with many countries in the region on issues of common concern, such as regional security and North Koreas nuclear issue.

On China

Analysts here noted that China became a high-frequency word in Espers visit. During his trip, Esper told accompanying journalists that he agreed with the report of the US National Defense Strategy that the world is in an era of great power competition, while China and Russia are strategic competitors of the United States.

During his visits to Australia and Japan, Esper repeatedly made unprovoked attacks and slanders on Chinas regional role, claiming that Chinas military and economic actions threatened international rules. Esper also said he hoped to deploy medium-range missiles in Asia in the coming months to deal with the so-called China threat.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry firmly refutes Espers unreasonable remarks. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on the 8th that some Americans stick to the Cold War and zero-sum thinking, ignore the basic facts and label China everywhere. This practice is very unreasonable, immoral and has ulterior motives.

Professor Zhu Jianrong, of Japans Dongyang University, said that thieves shouted to catch thieves, which is a portrayal of the new U.S. defense ministers wanton words in Japan. The United States reversed black and white, and made up excuses to upset the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, reflecting the anxiety caused by its declining rivers and lack of help.

The U.S. idea of deploying medium-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region has not received a positive response from Asian allies. Shortly after Esper spoke, South Korea and the Australian Ministry of Defense immediately voiced a clear relationship, saying that there was no plan to deploy missiles at home. Esper was also forced to change his tune in the second half of his journey, saying that he had never asked his allies for such a request, and that he could not be refused, and that the deployment of missiles should be considered in the long run.

West pointed out that the current situation in the Asia-Pacific region is in a delicate period. Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and South Korea, have close economic and trade contacts with China, while they are closer to the United States in terms of security. Esper hopes to use this visit to speed up the side-selection team of countries to achieve the desired goal. How the situation in the Asia-Pacific region develops in the future still needs to be observed.

There are too many gaps

Analysts believe that although Esper hopes to gather peoples hearts through the visit, differences in economic and military aspects still exist between the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea, coupled with the ongoing contradictions between Japan and South Korea, the actual results of the visit by the new Defense Minister are very limited.

According to media reports, the United States also lobbied Australia to join the escort alliance, but both Australia and Japan chose to play Tai Chi to make Esper return. The Australian Defense Minister called the U.S. request a very serious and complex issue requiring careful consideration, while the Japanese Defense Minister said he would make a comprehensive judgment after considering various factors.

Gordon Frank, chief executive of the Perth Center for American Asia at the University of Western Australia, said that American priority meant that the United States would not take into account the interests of its allies.

On August 2, the Japanese government decided to remove Korea from the White List of Trade Facilities, which came into effect on August 28. As a countermeasure, the Korean government said the same day that it would also move Japan out of the countrys trade white list. During his visit, Esper told the media that he hoped that Japan and South Korea would solve the problem as soon as possible and pay close attention to the DPRK nuclear issue.

Stan Garon, senior director of the Korea Institute of Economics, a US think tank, told reporters that the ongoing confrontation between Japan and South Korea may not directly affect U.S. -Japan or U.S. -South Korea relations, but it will undoubtedly make the trilateral relations more challenging, and will also have a negative impact on the U.S. attempt to rely on Japan and South Korea to complete the layout of forces in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, analysts pointed out that the U.S. -Japan trade negotiations have not yet been settled, and the differences between the United States and Japan and South Korea in the allocation of military expenditures in the United States have not been resolved, which can not help but raise questions about the degree of the firm relationship between the United States and its Asia-Pacific allies.

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