U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid a 7-day visit to the Asia-Pacific region on Feb. 10. It was the first trip by a U.S. Secretary of State in nearly four decades and amid a hyped-up crisis in Ukraine.
A report by German newspaper Die Welt on Feb. 18 viewed that the action has signaled where the core focus of Washington’s attention lies.
The article, “Suddenly Germany’s security is secondary,” observed that Washington’s aim to avoid the Ukrainian crisis’s escalation is primarily to prevent this from triggering a change in the Asian political order. The U.S. does not want the Ukraine event to create favorable conditions for China to invade Taiwan.
Die Welt commented, “This line of diplomacy, which first emerged in the Obama administration, is taking formal shape in the Trump era. President Biden has inherited the tradition of his predecessor Trump in terms of U.S. policy toward China.”
At the time, when asked about the Ukraine crisis during Blinken’s trip to Asia, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. was capable of “walking and chewing gum at the same time.”
He told Reuters, “We are a big country. We are a big department. We have a lot of challenges on our plate.”
His trip to the region also came after China and Russia celebrated a “no limits” strategic partnership at the Olympics summit.