Veep Tells China "US Is Resident Pacific Power"
President of The Seoul Times
This development would add to, not subtract from, the value of The international relations of the USA, which looked for joint leadership in the Pacific Century.America was a Resident Pacific Power, here to stay, as he had just told the Chinese Government.His first use of the "betting on" metaphor, a term whose translation has become controversial in th Korean media, was made in the context of the amazing progress of the ROK over the past 60 years. This had only been possible because, he told the students, "your parents and grandparents bet on their succeeding generations, confidently entrusting the future to them, investing in Freedom, and especially investing in education, which is the wellspring of new thinking. " the educational foundation of an innovative nation, he said, came from never criticizing but rewarding the challenging of orthodoxy by the young.Reaffirming that "America does what it says", he acknowledged differences between the North Asian powers but vowed that competition was not necessarily destined to lead to conflict. Security will make for growth for all, leading to peace.
Ending on a positive note, Mr. Biden encouraged Korea's decision to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and noted that the Korea-USA Free Trade Agreement had led to a 65% growth in reciprocal trade.Alan Timblick OBE
President, The Seoul Times
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Alan Timblick serves as President of The Seoul Times. He grew up in England, graduated from Oxford University, and has lived in Seoul for over three decades. A former banker, he also worked for the Korean gpvernment as head of Invest Korea and for Seoul City as head of the Seoul Global Center.
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