Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the US’s Indo-Pacific strategy is “doomed to failure” as he makes his remarks while President Joe Biden is in the region to increase engagement with allies and boost the turnout and counter the influence of China.
“Facts will prove that the so-called ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ is essentially a strategy to create division, a strategy to engage in confrontation and a strategy to destroy peace,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. statement after Wang met his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto in Guangzhou on Sunday.
During his first trip to Asia as US president, Biden met with South Korea’s newly elected leader Yoon Suk Yeol. He will join Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Monday, followed by a Quad summit with Japan, Australia and India the following day.
Biden also plans to unveil the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework at an event featuring virtual appearances by other leaders from the region. The IPEF is key to the Biden administration’s efforts to counter China’s influence in Asia, following the US withdrawal from talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade deal under former President Donald Trump.
The pillars of the framework include clean energy, supply chain resilience; decarbonisation and infrastructure; and taxation and the fight against corruption. The US did not list the first countries that will be part of the IPEF agreement, but said more countries are expected to sign in the coming months.
Last week, a group of more than 50 US senators wrote to Biden urging him to include Taiwan as a partner in the IPEF.
US trade chief Katherine Tai met Taiwanese portfolio-less minister John Deng last week on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting in Bangkok, where they discussed options for deepening their economic relationship, even as China’s top diplomat warned Washington it was the “wrong away” with his support for the island.
The US strategy “is under the banner of ‘freedom and openness,’ but is eager to work together and create ‘small circles'” in an effort to contain China, China’s foreign ministry said Sunday in the statement.
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