"While China’s relationship with the region and the world is a constant focus
of attention and scrutiny, world leaders have also been closely watching North
Korea, particularly for its steadily increasing ballistic missile capability.
It was the primary focus of last week’s trilateral summit held at Camp David
between US President Joe Biden, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
This was the first time Biden hosted foreign leaders at the historic
presidential retreat. It was a major diplomatic step in the Biden
administration’s strategic policy to ramp up deterrence against China and also
A joint statement released at the summit’s conclusion condemned China’s recent
military actions in the South China Sea and around Taiwan. It also opposed any
changes to the territorial status quo of the Indo-Pacific through the threat or
use of force.
Russia’s war against Ukraine was also condemned. The leaders pledged continued
support for Ukraine in its resistance to the Russian invasion.
North Korea has increased the rate of its missile testing to record levels,
with over 80 launches since the beginning of 2022. The most concerning of these
tests were of its solid-fuel road-transportable Hwasong-18 ICBMs in April and
July 2023. These can be quickly prepared for launch at short notice and have
the range to strike the entire United States (and Australia)."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics