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Washington: During the Biden administration’s first cabinet-level overseas visit, the threats from China and North Korea will become greater and greater. This is part of intensifying efforts to increase US influence and quell concerns about the US role in Asia.

A senior administration said Saturday that U.S. officials have tried to reach out to North Korea through multiple channels since last month, but have yet to receive a response, making consultations with the reclusive country’s neighbors, Japan, South Korea and China, all the more critical.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are heading to Japan and South Korea for four days of talks starting Monday as the administration seeks to shore up partnerships with the two key regional treaty allies. Blinken and Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, will then meet with senior Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska,

Their first official overseas visit was aimed at restoring the way Biden hoped. After four years of former President Donald Trump’s administration, after the exchanges and regular sexual exchanges between the two sides, Biden hopes this is a kind of The relationship with Tokyo and Seoul is peaceful and peaceful. He had a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Jong Un) once instead of three, thereby subverting diplomatic norms.

In addition to formal conversations, Blincoln and Austin also plan to hold virtual meetings with reporters, members of civil society, and others. After reassuring the United States’ counterparts in Japan and South Korea’s security commitments, they plan to focus their negotiations on cooperation to face the increasingly confident China, North Korea’s nuclear challenges and the coronavirus pandemic.

In his first months in office, Biden has already signaled his desire to return the Asia-Pacific — or Indo-Pacific, as has become more common in officialese — to the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda. In keeping with his broader “America is back” diplomatic theme, Biden has pledged to keep stability in the region at the core of his international initiatives.

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