According to a comprehensive foreign media report by Hong Kong’s China News Agency, the new US Secretary of state Lincoln held the first telephone talks respectively with Japanese Foreign Minister Mauro minchong and South Korean foreign minister Kang Jinghe on the morning of 27, exchanging in-depth views on US Japan, US South Korea relations and international and regional issues of common concern.
In a telephone conversation held by Bulin and mauki minchong, both sides agreed to further consolidate the US Japan alliance. Mauki affirmed Biden’s attitude of regarding the Diaoyu Islands as the applicable object of Article 5 of the Japan US security treaty, while Bulin said that “the attitude has not changed.”.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the situation in China, North Korea, South Korea and other regions. The two also agreed that Japan and the United States will work together to deal with the new epidemic and climate change, and agreed to revitalize the G7 framework and consolidate unity. The two sides agreed that it is necessary to have face-to-face discussions as soon as possible, and said that they will carry out coordination on Mao Mu’s visit to the United States.
The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. It was another ministerial level telephone meeting after the Biden administration took office and the US defense ministers’ meeting on the 24th.
On the South Korean side, according to Yonhap, Kang Jinghe had an in-depth exchange of views with Bulin on South Korean US relations, the Korean Peninsula and other issues on the same day. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said that Kang Jinghe welcomed Bulin as secretary of state and expressed his willingness to continue cooperation with the United States. Bulin said he hoped to further consolidate and develop the South Korean US alliance during his term of office.
The two sides agreed that it is necessary for the new US government to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue as soon as possible, and agreed to work closely to solve related issues. In addition, the two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation on global issues such as climate change and the new epidemic situation, and further expand the South Korea US alliance.
The US State Department issued a press release on the same day, saying that the two foreign ministers reiterated the sustained strength and importance of the US ROK alliance. The US side also reiterated the importance of trilateral cooperation between the US, South Korea and Japan, the necessity of denuclearization of North Korea, and President Biden’s commitment to strengthening the alliance.
On the same day, brinkin also tweeted about his telephone conversation with Kang Jinghe, stressing the importance of the ROK US alliance and trilateral cooperation between the ROK, the US and Japan.
Yonhap analysis said that this may imply that the new US government will deal with the North Korean nuclear issue and implement the India Pacific strategy by strengthening the trilateral cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan. Some people believe that Biden government may focus on improving South Korea Japan relations and strengthening the trilateral cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan.