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China, N Korea on agenda as Blinken, Austin head to Asia

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The Secretary of State’s political trajectory from humble beginnings in Ebbing, Missouri has been remarkable. Let’s see if he has ’The Right Stuff’ to one day, be President. His position is ‘4th’ in line to succession if their is a problem.

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The Secretary of State looks intelligent and very composed... has the potential to be the President in the near future. Hopefully this happens before he reaches 70 because after 70 men don’t have the brains to be a good leader! I loved and respected Donald Trump when he was middle aged but the Trump we got as a president was terrible due to his old age. Biden as well has suffered so much hardship in his life and I really respect him for his never give up attitude but not sure if he will be a good president or not due to his age ( lucky for him because he doesn’t have big shoes to fill though )!

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Please Japan don't be stupid and bring up the 1970s abductees

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Baby face Kim must not be that happy since his Baby face trump lost.

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I don't why the U.S would even bother meeting or talking to NK Kim!? Does anyone really think that this man will have a change of heart, or even consider any changes? and why??

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Jim,

Age has nothing to do with a person capability to lead or carry out his or her duties, it's all about the overall heath condition of the person and NOT his or her age.

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Quad alliance + South Korea =

Stronger message to North Korea to be nice.

Stronger message to balance China. Keep them in check.

Another strong country militarily and economically to help keep the peace, balance necessary in East Asia.

Where is South Korea? The burden in East Asia should be shared, South Korea needs to join.

Blinken and Mr. Austin need to make this clear to S. Korea.

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@Mark... love your first two comments... you are spot on! Disagree with your third one though!

Age has nothing to do with a person capability...

Yes, it does! In every human the level of cognitive thinking declines with old age ( some decline more rapidly ). This affects their decision making as well as their ability to decide quickly and correctly. At times with old age especially over 70 people become more reckless, selfish, inconsiderate and careless...scientifically proven! You are correct about the overall health condition but this in itself also depends on mental awareness / state! Younger and middle aged people are in a better position to make decisions for the future because it’s their future. Old men won’t even be there in the future.

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Where is South Korea? The burden in East Asia should be shared, South Korea needs to join.

South Korea is not welcome to join.

The purpose of the QUAD is to stand up to Communist China militarily and politically. It is the NATO force of the Indo-Pacific.

South Korea seems to be more aligned on PRCs side, and cannot be trusted by the QUAD members. Taiwan on the other hand SHOULD be immediately invited to join QUAD, with Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines in 1-2 years.

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@snowy The Secretary of State’s political trajectory from humble beginnings in Ebbing, Missouri

Curious where the above misinformation originated.

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China N. Korea . . . It's kind of like Dr. Evil and his mini-me. Joined at the hip, they both have concentration camps for undesirables. However, in China's case you have the Uighur people being imprisoned without cause and abused, threats of invasion to Taiwan, broken promises in regard to Hong Kong, the aggression in the S. China Sea and E. China Sea, the Covid-19 cover-up, etc. In the end, China will probably just make some economic trade deals and everybody will (sadly) look the other way and do what benefits their own economic interests. Too big to fail again looks like where all of this headed.

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Mark

I don't why the U.S would even bother meeting or talking to NK Kim!? Does anyone really think that this man will have a change of heart, or even consider any changes? and why??

A group hug followed by some Kumbaya!

NK is the wild card, if China and the US face off in combat, you can bet NK will launch something at JAPAN just for GP!

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@Fighto!

The purpose of the QUAD is to stand up to Communist China militarily and politically.

Actually that's the US's purpose. Japan and India's goals are different.

Japan's seeking out other nations to join the Diaoyu Islands war on its side, but limit the scope of mutual defense to oceans as to not get dragged into India's Himalaya border wars with Pakistan and China.

India's purpose is exactly the opposite, it seeks to draw Japan and Australia into its Himalaya border wars while limiting India's involvement to Indian Ocean and South China Sea. As far as India's concerned, Japan's on its own during the Diaoyu Islands war, as well as the Chinese Invasion of Taiwan.

I don't know exactly what Australia's end goal is, as Australia is protected from China by geography.

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I don't why the U.S would even bother meeting or talking to NK Kim!? Does anyone really think that this man will have a change of heart, or even consider any changes? and why??

The North Koreans don't really like or trust the Russians or the Chinese. They have been looking for a way out of their dependence on them since the early 1970s. The North Koreans are acutely aware that, despite having a formal mutual defense pact, the Soviets abandoned the Vietnamese when China invaded in 1979. They made no effort to help their erstwhile ally. The North Koreans had major disagreements with Mao. Chinese forces remained in North Korea long after the end of the Korean war and treated the Koreans like a colony. The North also felt they were sold out when China established diplomatic relations with the US without demanding the US withdraw its forces from the Korean peninsula. China and North Korea also have an ongoing border dispute on and around Mt. Paektu, which is divided between the two countries but which Koreans north and south all see as belonging only to the Korean people. A lot of what drives North Korea to pursue nuclear weapons is they simply do not believe either China or Russia will have their back in a war with South Korea and the US. They would really like to get away from both Russia and China but don't know how to go about it.

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I don't know exactly what Australia's end goal is, as Australia is protected from China by geography

The same argument could have been made in 1941 vis-a-vis Japan, until the Japanese bombed Darwin and the US Navy stopped the IJN not that far off the coast of Queensland at the Battle of Coral Sea.

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