Kan’s Asia debut makes ASEAN uneasy

According to a recent Russian media report, the Russian media published an article discussing the Japanese Prime Minister’s suspected plan to establish an “Asian version of NATO” led by the United States. The article said that Japan’s new Prime Minister before the proposed “four-party talk” (Australia, India, the United States and Japan’s four foreign ministers meeting) caused ASEAN panic.

As we all know, according to past practice, Japan’s new prime minister will take office as the first country to visit the United States, and this year’s U.S. self-care, the epidemic has not yet ended, the election is coming, this year’s U.S. election can be said to be highly visible, by the way, the U.S. epidemic is out of control and the election also has an inextricable link. Therefore, this time the United States is afraid that the United States has no time to take care of Japan’s “little brother”. This is why the new Japanese Prime Minister wants to establish alliances with some “second-tier” countries, and Vietnam and Indonesia have become the new Japanese Prime Minister’s diplomatic “debut countries.

An “Asian version of NATO”? ASEAN is nervous.

According to the article, before the new Japanese Prime Minister’s visit, the Jakarta Post reported that ASEAN had already expressed great concern about the adjustment of the United States’ vision for the Indo-Pacific region proposed by the “quadripartite dialogue”. The report believes that this move will not bring peace to the world, but is a great danger to world security, may lead to increased political tensions.

Professional analysts say that ASEAN is so uneasy because the so-called alliance between the four countries is nothing more than a means of trying to contain China and is aimed at targeting China. This is not what ASEAN wants to see, ASEAN wants to build an open, mutual assistance and mutual respect alliance, not under the banner of the alliance, playing a means to undermine the peace.

And ASEAN does not want to be constrained by Japan and the U.S. and wants to play a leading role in the alliance, while at the same time it wants to be able to cooperate with Japan on epidemics and other issues, rather than creating a military alliance.

Kan refuses to acknowledge alliance intentions

Although Kan has repeatedly stated that it is necessary to protect the freedom and openness of the Indo-Pacific region and that Tokyo is not targeting any particular country, there are suspicions that he is trying to establish an “Asian version of NATO”. After all, the four-nation dialogue is a clear sign that the U.S. has a long history of building alliances with the aim of destroying other countries.

In response, the Japan Times suggested that Kan’s visit was motivated by concerns about “China’s growing aggressiveness. The newspaper stressed that Japan should strive to find a balance between economic relations with China and its security. One of the main purposes of Kan’s visit is to promote his country’s weapons, as Japan has already signed contracts with Indonesia and Vietnam, since the previous ban on arms exports was lifted some time ago.

In any case, the article said, against the backdrop of worsening relations with China, the US and Japan’s attempts to establish an “anti-China” zone are to be expected, so the Indonesian media’s fears that ASEAN might be drawn into the conflict are not unfounded.