Canberra: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that the US remains focused on its long-term interests in the Indo-Pacific region, despite concerns about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Blinken is currently in Melbourne, Australia, where he has a meeting with his Australian, Indian and Japanese counterparts on Friday. These four countries are part of the “Quad” coalition of countries in the Indo-Pacific region that was formed with the aim of countering China’s growing regional influence.
In his first public address since arriving in Australia on Wednesday, Blinken said, “There are other kinds of things going on in the world right now. A possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a challenge for us. We are working on it 24 hours seven days.
“But we know the president understands more than anyone else that whatever happens in the Indo-Pacific will determine the course of this century,” he said. Blinken said the Indo-Pacific region is the fastest growing region in the world, accounting for two-thirds of the global economy’s growth in the past five years.
China flared up before the meeting
Ahead of the Quad Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Friday, China said on Wednesday that it was against forming a “special alliance” to create conflict between the alliances and called on the four-nation alliance. The rift between regional countries should stop.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press conference, ‘China is against forming a ‘special alliance’ to create conflict between alliances. He was replying to a question related to the meeting of foreign ministers of Quad member countries in Melbourne on Friday.
“We hope that the United States and the countries concerned can get a clear picture of the situation, feel at ease, discard the Cold War mentality, stop creating rifts between regional countries, and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” Lijian said. Contribute to ensure prosperity.
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