Washington (AFP) 02/09/2022 14:57
Blinken arrives in Australia for talks on Ukraine crisis
- Blinken will participate in two-day talks with the Quad Alliance
- Strengthening partnership with India, Australia and Japan in the face of China’s economic and military power
US Secretary of State Anthony has arrived Blinken to Australia on Wednesday for talks with allies in the Asia-Pacific region concerned about China’s rising influence, and to underscore a commitment United State in a
The region, despite Washington’s recent focus on Ukraine.
Blinken will take part in two-day talks with the Quad Alliance, which aims to strengthen the partnership with India, Australia and Japan in the face of China’s rising economic and military power.
The US Secretary admitted that the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine is a “core” of the US government’s concerns, even as he headed to Melbourne to attend the fourth meeting of foreign ministers of the Quad Quartet.
However, he stressed that the “importance” Washington attaches to the Asia-Pacific region in facing China’s challenge, despite the great developments in recent years in crises in the Middle East and now Eastern Europe.
“The world is a big place. Our interests are international and all of you are well aware of the focus that we place on the Asia-Pacific region and the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
“We are constantly focused on the matter, so we are heading to Australia,” he added.
The United States has sought to expand the Quad Alliance from a maritime security partnership into other areas, such as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.