[NTD, Beijing, September 23, 2022]The USS Ronald Reagan and the Fifth Aircraft Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan, South Korea on Friday (September 23), during which the US and South Korean dignitaries will hold talks. At the same time, the foreign ministers of the United States, Japan and South Korea reiterated their opposition to any attempt by the CCP to change the status quo by force in the Indo-Pacific region, and firmly opposed North Korea’s nuclear test.
The U.S. Navy announced Friday that the USS Ronald Reagan, Carrier Strike Group 5, Ticonroga-class guided-missile cruisers (USS Chancellorsville) and Burke-class destroyer USS Barry have arrived in South Korea and dispatched Burke-class destroyer Ben Fall The USS Benfold docked at Town Harbour as part of the attack group’s visit.
USS Ronald Reagan shows its fists as it passes through the South China Sea
Before arriving, the USS Reagan conducted a series of maritime security operations in the South China Sea, including fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft flights, maritime strike training, coordinated tactical training between surface and air forces, and resupply at sea, the Navy said. and come on.
“The visit of the Reagan Strike Group is strategic to the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Korea and is a clear and unequivocal demonstration of the United States’ commitment to the alliance,” said Major General Buzz Donnelly, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5. “
“As always, we look forward to every opportunity to work with our partners in the Republic of Korea,” said Captain Fred Goldhammer, commander of the USS Reagan.
The visit was the first visit to South Korea by the USS Ronald Reagan in nearly four years and to Busan for the first time in nearly five years. The Reagan Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the operational area of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in support of a “free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, the Seventh Fleet will interact with 25 other maritime nations.
US-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers Meeting: Addressing Urgent 21st Century Challenges
The foreign ministers of the United States, Japan and South Korea met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday (September 22) and reiterated that the three sides will cooperate closely in addressing the pressing challenges of the 21st century. The meeting also emphasized that the scope of cooperation between the three countries will expand beyond North Korea. Blinken said that the relationship between the United States, Japan and South Korea is very important for the United States to effectively address regional security issues and global challenges.
During the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Lin Fangzheng and South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin condemned North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches and warned that if North Korea conducts a seventh nuclear test, it will receive “a strong and resolute response from the international community. “
They said they were “gravely concerned” by a North Korean law issued this month authorizing the military to launch a “pre-emptive” nuclear weapon “escalating” and “destabilizing”.
The three countries affirmed their commitment to support Pacific island nations by providing reasonable financing, strengthening maritime security and combating illegal fishing to counter China’s growing influence in the region, the joint statement said.
They also condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, stressing that they “oppose any attempt by the (state regime) to change the territorial and regional status quo anywhere in the world by force or coercion”. The statement came amid concerns that Taiwan could become the “next Ukraine”.
The U.S.-Japan-South Korea trilateral dialogue appears to be on track, with the last meeting in Indonesia in July and the first trilateral summit in about five years in June.
At the same time, Tokyo and Seoul are moving towards improving bilateral relations and mending historical disputes since World War II.
(Comprehensive report by reporter Chen Beichen/responsible editor: Lin Qing)
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