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U.S.-Japan-Philippines Summit: Prepare To Defeat China

U.S., Japan and Philippines trilateral meeting. Credit: White House video

April 13, 2024 (EIRNS)—While the U.S. and NATO are still driving the Ukrainians to continue the war they have already lost against Russia, with the intention to cause as much damage to Russia as possible despite massive losses to Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens, the NATO war mentality is now moving to repeat the process in Asia. The summit meeting this week between Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, President Joe Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. aimed to create the beginning structure of an “Asian NATO,” was clearly targeted at stopping the amazing development of China while inflicting as much damage to their economy as possible, or even provoke yet another major war against another nuclear power.

China is not fooled by the talk of “negotiations” and “cooperation” which goes along with the saber-rattling. The Global Times lead editorial today, under the title “Anti-China Gathering a Step Closer To Forming a Mini-NATO in Asia Pacific,” begins: “Chinese authorities on Friday [April 12] expressed strong opposition to the U.S., Japan and Philippines’ highly-targeted summit in Washington, as the group vowed to enhance military ties to cope with ‘China’s threats,’ ignoring its deeds that undermine regional peace and stability. Analysts termed the trilateral summit an ‘anti-China gathering,’ which moves a step closer to the U.S.’s goal of forming a mini-NATO in the Asia-Pacific. However, with disparate calculations between U.S. allies and China’s sufficient capability, the `ironclad’ alliance commitment does not look as solid as China’s resolve in safeguarding sovereignty and regional stability.”

China issued official complaints to the three governments. The Global Times reported from one analyst: “From the perspective of its strategic goals, the U.S. does not want to see a united Asia. In the absence of its own strength, the Biden administration has tried to mobilize the sea power countries in Asia, such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, to contain the land power countries such as China and Russia, which serves its goal of being the dominant power in the sea power game in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the cloak of morality, provoking conflicts outside its territory to maintain Washington’s hegemony is an important external environment for U.S. policy elites to sleep well at night.”

The official statement from the trilateral summit did not hide the intention: According to a joint statement released by the White House, the three countries expressed “serious concerns” over China’s actions to safeguard its sovereignty, which it termed as “dangerous and aggressive behavior” in the South China Sea, and “attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force or coercion in the East China Sea.”

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