US, Japanese and South Korean national security counterparts to meet this week

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan holds a news conference on the situation in Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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Aug 30 (Reuters) – U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan will meet his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on Wednesday and Thursday in Hawaii, the White House said, amid heightened tensions in the region between China and Taiwan.

“After the trilateral meeting, Mr. Sullivan will travel to the United States Indo-Pacific Command to discuss our alliances in defense of the free and open Indo-Pacific,” the National Security Council spokeswoman said. , Adrienne Watson, in a press release.

Two US Navy warships sailed through international waters in the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the first such operation since US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which angered China, which considers the island as its territory.

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The operation demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, and the United States military flies, sails and operates wherever international law permits, the Navy said at the time.

The narrow Taiwan Strait has been a frequent source of military tension since the defeated Republic of China government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the Communists, who established the People’s Republic of China .

Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Akiba Takeo of Japan and South Korean Director of the National Security Office Kim Sung-han will meet Sullivan at the headquarters of the United States Indo-Pacific Command in Honolulu, according to Tuesday’s statement.

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Reporting by Steve Holland and Michael Martina in Washington; written by Costas Pitas; edited by Chris Reese

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