In the aftermath of the American withdrawal from
, US Vice-President Kamala Harris sought to reaffirm the US’ presence in the Asia-Pacific
late last month.
The administration of US President
has indicated that the pull-out from Afghanistan would allow the United States to shift resources from its “forever wars” to the Indo-Pacific region.
US legislators have proposed a bill to add three Asian allies, including South Korea, to the US-led “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance to counter the influence of China and Russia.
While in Seoul, Wang is also expected to ask South Korea to support the Beijing Winter Olympics in February despite calls in Western nations to boycott the event on human rights grounds, according to Yonhap
China and South Korea have been in talks for Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a state visit to Seoul, a trip originally planned for last year but delayed because of the pandemic.
Yonhap also reported that South Korean leaders were expected to appeal to Beijing to relax a years-long ban on South Korean entertainment content triggered by Seoul’s decision to deploy a US anti-missile defence system.
What has Kamala Harris achieved during her week-long trip to Southeast Asia?
In addition, there are fresh signs that North Korea has
in the last few months, possibly to give Pyongyang leverage if stalled denuclearisation talks are revived.
South Korea hoped that China, the North’s main economic and aid partner, can help rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Beijing has called for sanctions relief to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.