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29 April 2009 No Comment

US President Barack Obama has told Japan’s PM Taro Aso that the alliance between their countries is the “cornerstone” of East Asian security.
Mr Obama was speaking as Mr Aso arrived for talks with him at the White House, the first foreign leader to do so.
The global downturn is expected to top the agenda as the US and Japan seek to revive their economies – respectively the world’s largest and second-largest.
They will also discuss N Korean policy and Tokyo’s support for Afghanistan.
“The alliance that we have is the cornerstone of security in East Asia, it is one that my administration wants to strengthen,” said Mr Obama
“It is for that reason that the prime minister is the first foreign dignitary to visit me here in the Oval Office.”
“I think it is testimony to the strong partnership between the United States and Japan,” he said.
Mr Aso said the US and Japan needed to work “hand in hand” on the global downturn. “I think we are the only two nations which are powerful enough to solve the very critical financial issues of the world,” he said.
Mr Aso’s trip follows a Tokyo visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The meeting comes as Mr Obama prepares for his first appearance before a joint session of Congress since taking office.
Mr Obama is expected to use the nationally televised address, at 2100 Washington time (0200 GMT), to explain his economic recovery plan and build public and political support for it.
Stimulus plan
The BBC’s Richard Lister in Washington says there is concern in Japan that relations with the US have been in decline.
Japan’s normally warm relationship with the Bush administration cooled when Washington removed North Korea from its list of states that sponsor terrorism.
Tokyo felt the move was premature, and it is also concerned that Japan’s standing in the region is being eclipsed by China, our correspondent says.
Mr Aso is expected to raise concerns about language in Washington’s stimulus plan which pushes some sectors of the US economy to support American manufacturers.
A Japanese government spokesman said the prime minister would express his opposition to protectionism.
President Obama is expected to want to find out what more help Japan can offer in Afghanistan.
A Japanese foreign ministry official said on Tuesday that Toyko would pay the salaries of 80,000 police officers in Afghanistan for six months, as part of its commitment to help rebuild the country.
The official said Japan would also provide funds to help build schools and hospitals, and provide a teacher-training programme.
Money from the projects will come from the $2bn (£1.3bn) Tokyo has pledged towards Afghan reconstruction since 2002.
Anche perché nel 2008 sono stati uccisi dai bombardamenti 2.118 civili, la cifra annuale più alta dall’inizio delle ostilità. La ricetta di Obama, non a caso, ha due direzioni di marcia. La prima è militare, mentre la seconda, altrettanto importante, punta a un programma di ricostruzione efficace e percepibile da parte della popolazione. Cose in verità già dette, e mai attuate a livello adeguato. Manca il coordinamento tra impegno armato e impegno civile, gli aiuti stanziati sono insufficienti e arrivano a destinazione con il contagocce (Kabul afferma addirittura che ingenti somme siano state contabilizzate due volte), impera la corruzione e anche per questo si vorrebbe, ma soltanto in teoria, che Karzai non fosse confermato Presidente il prossimo agosto. E che dire degli europei? Offrono in coro complimenti a Obama, ricordano fieri «noi lo avevamo detto». E poi, in aggiunta ai rinforzi provvisori per il periodo elettorale, arrivano 600 uomini dalla Germania, 500 dall’Italia, 1.000 dalla Francia un anno fa. Molto meno di quanto volesse l’America, ma la nuova America è pragmatica: date allora, dice la Casa Bianca agli alleati, un ulteriore aiuto civile e finanziario.

Con l’insicurezza che cresce in ogni angolo dell’Afghanistan, con la crisi economica che incalza? Possiamo esserne certi, giungeranno altri gesti dimostrativi e poco più. La dichiarata «priorità » di Obama in politica estera, così, si scopre chiusa in una trappola che lascia pochi margini di manovra. Il concetto di «vittoria» va ripensato come è stato ripensato in Iraq, e non potrà comunque essere soltanto militare. Petraeus proverà, con poche probabilità di successo, a dividere i talebani come fece con i sunniti in Iraq. Il fattore Pakistan è una chiave di volta essenziale, ma nemmeno lì le cose vanno bene. Anche perché Obama deve ancora risolvere il dilemma tra incursioni armate oltre confine e relative ricadute nazionaliste che alimentano l’appoggio ai talebani.

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