President Joe Biden will visit South Korea and Japan next month, his first trip to Asia since taking office last year, to consult with allies on growing threats from China and North Korea.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the May 20-24 trip on Wednesday. The two allies are hosting large US military contingents, and the trip comes as North Korea has stepped up nuclear missile testing and China has become more assertive in the region.
Biden will meet separately with newly elected President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan, Psaki said.
In Tokyo, Biden will also meet the so-called “Quad” – which also includes Australia, Japan and India – as they aim to forge stronger partnerships to contain China in the Indo-Pacific.
This will be Biden’s fourth foreign trip as president. He visited Poland and Belgium in March after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The Independent Gt