Biden’s Asia trip shifts focus to China

PM Modi will participate in the third Quad leaders’ summit on May 24
U.S. on alert over North Korea threat

Washington DC: President Joe Biden embarked Thursday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in the Indo-Pacific.

“America’s alliances in Europe and in Asia keep us — and I would argue the world — strong and secure,” Biden said in the Rose Garden. “They’re how we confront the challenges of our time, deliver for our people today, and harness opportunities for a better tomorrow.”

Biden’s visit will include meetings with newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Their talks will touch on trade, increasing resilience in the global supply chain, growing concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program, and the explosive spread of Covid-19. China’s military assertiveness has grown over the course of Biden’s presidency, with its provocative actions frequently putting the region on edge.

While in Japan, Biden will also meet with fellow leaders of the Indo-Pacific strategic alliance known as the Quad, a group that includes Australia, India, and Japan. India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also have bilateral talks with US President Biden and Japanese PM Kishida.

“At the invitation of PM of Japan Fumio Kishida, PM Modi will participate in the third Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on 24 May 2022 along with President Biden and the Prime Minister of Australia,” Bagchi said.

The summit in Tokyo is the fourth interaction among Quad leaders since their first virtual meeting in March 2021.

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