Washington continues with indomitable energy to build a new global architecture of military-political alliances which are under its direct control, along the perimeter of the borders of Russia and China, uniting the security infrastructure from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean into a self-contained power infrastructure, writes Alexander Vorontsov.
The first ever summit of the three states was held on August 18 in the residence of the current US president in Camp David, (the top elected leaders of these countries sometimes met before in the same composition – but those were brief meetings on the side-lines of major international forums). It became a real breakthrough in the long, but rather sluggish process of the formation of this military-political structure, creating a qualitatively new and different phenomenon in the international arena, that is fundamentally different from the tripartite structure, about which several internationally-known experts have already written. There are indeed grounds for seeing a real transformation of the organisation previously described in terms of a “coalition structure” into a quasi-full-format military-political security pact.
The array of specifics of the phenomenon that arose at Camp David is so massive and multi-layered that not only its analysis, but a simple description and retelling of the package of adopted documents (including the three most important ones: “Principles” and “Spirit” of Camp David, plus an obligation to conduct consultations) will require much more space than the format of this article allows.
Therefore, we will focus on the key, in our opinion, results of the summit.
First of all, it must be emphasised that the meeting itself and its results are an obvious and resounding success of US diplomacy.
Washington, with the same hard pressure as in Europe, where it prides itself on how quickly and effectively it mobilised and subordinated its NATO partners to a single allied will, is energetically “lining up” its allies in East Asia as well.
It is amazing how quickly, in fact, in less than one year, the Biden administration managed to convince Japan and South Korea to put aside their perennial differences and focus on common threats formulated in American terms. South Korean President Yun Seok Yeol, elected in 2022, is considered a Japanophile by many Koreans due to a number of circumstances and his personal biography, and it was not difficult to persuade him to radically improve relations with Japan based on the “forget the past, focus on the future” approach. Meanwhile, the position of Japan was much more complicated: in recent years Tokyo has frankly mistreated Seoul and was determined to continue this “educational” policy, due to which Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at first avoided personal meetings with the leader of the Republic of Korea. However, the White House managed to find the necessary arguments for everyone, and before our eyes, “the impossible began to turn into the possible.” In March, Yun Seok Yeol paid an official visit to Tokyo, and in May Fumio Kishida paid a return working visit to Seoul.
Finally, in August, a full-scale trilateral summit took place.