Moon Jeong-in, president of the Sejong Institute, said on the 22nd, “If the US is to maintain its leadership in the Indo-Pacific region, it should pursue a collective security system, not the military.” The ‘Quad’ (a consultative body of the US, Japan, India, and Australia) led by the Joe Biden administration or the ‘AUKUS’, a security alliance between the US, the UK, and Australia, is focused on military checks against China. It has been criticized in a roundabout way.
At the ‘East Asia Wiseman Roundtable (East Asian Sage Roundtable)’ discussion hosted by the Institute of International Studies at Seoul National University on the same day, Chairman Moon said, “They say that Quadna Orcus was created for the idea of a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’, but in the end, China is the target. This is because the purpose is to prevent China’s expansion and respond to its common enemy, China,” he said. “The Charter of the United Nations stipulates that no state should be regarded as an enemy,” Moon added.
He said, “Quadna Orcus is an exclusive consultative body of countries with similar thoughts under the banner of the United States,” he said. Specifically, Chairman Moon mentioned ways to create a multilateral security consultative body such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) or to upgrade the six-party talks to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue from the current vice ministers to a summit.
The forum was the result of a discussion on the topic of the US-China conflict and the future of East Asia by diplomatic and security think tanks from four countries: Korea (East Asia Foundation), the United States (Atlantic Council), Japan (Nakasone Peace Research Institute), and China (Tsinghua University Center for International Security Strategy). It was the place to present the final report containing the Although the report contained several proposals for easing the US-China conflict in East Asia, US and Chinese scholars attending the forum also expressed differences of opinion over Ocus and US policy toward China.
Barry Fable, Vice President of the Atlantic Council, said: “Occus was created because Australia sensed military threats and coercive activity from China. There are plenty,” he said. Dawei, a professor at Tsinghua University, said, “There is no problem for countries in the region to form partnerships with the United States as long as they do not directly affect China. “I’m uncomfortable with the Orcus,” he said.
The participants agreed on the need to revitalize a multilateral consultative body in East Asia, which is at the forefront of the US-China conflict. Kim Seong-hwan, chairman of the East Asia Foundation, who presided over the meeting, said, “The US and China need to talk more than they do now. Ichiro Fujisaki, director of the Nakasone Peace Research Institute, said, “It is most important that the US-China relationship does not become overly hostile.” suggested to use.
Sejong Institute Chairman Moon Jeong-in (left) speaks at the ‘East Asia Wiseman Round Table’ held at a hotel in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the 22nd. In the middle, Kim Seong-hwan, chairman of the East Asia Foundation, and far right, Park Cheol-hee, director of the Institute of International Studies at Seoul National University. By Kim Yoo-jin