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U.S. expert's view on Blinken, Lloyd visit to Seoul Updated: 2021-03-17 15:30:48 KST

For more on the talks between the two top diplomats and the defense chiefs of South Korea and the U.S. held in Seoul.
We're joined by Bruce KLINGNER, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.



Although the White House press secretary had not directly responded to North Korea's warning it was highly expected that U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken would.
What's your thoughts on Blinken's message to the North?

Some have speculated Washington could convey a message towards Seoul in encouraging more participation such as the "Quad-plus" a move that could fray relations between Seoul and Beijing.
What's your assessment regarding Washington's push for Seoul to take part in its Indo-Pacific strategy?

The U.S. has emphasized the importance of the trilateral alliance between Seoul, Washington and Tokyo. But due to historical issues stemming from Japan's past wartime actions, Seoul and Tokyo relations are not likely to improve on their own.
Given the message portrayed today, do you think Washington will step up to mediate?

What about Washington's role in mending frayed military ties between South Korea and Japan?

Senior officials of Washington and Beijing are to engage in talks this week in Anchorage, Alaska. What do you expect will be top of the agenda? Will they talk about the highly disputed anti-democratic regulatory changes in the Hong Kong elections?

Alright. That's Bruce KLINGNER, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Thank you for your insights tonight. We appreciate it.
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