For nearly three months, President Biden and his top foreign policy aides have been embroiled in Russia’s war in Ukraine, struggling to figure out how to punish Moscow and support beleaguered Ukrainians. On Thursday, Biden begins his first trip to Asia, hoping to reassure Asian allies that the United States is not too preoccupied with Ukraine to play a leading role in mitigating the crisis. Chinese influence.
The Post’s Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Seung Min Kim and Michelle Ye Hee Lee report that Biden has called China the United States’ biggest global competitor. As the war in Ukraine settles into what could be a long grind, Biden is looking to show his administration can multitask when it comes to leading coalitions against aggressive superpowers.
Biden lands in South Korea on Friday and travels to Japan three days later. The president’s five-day trip includes meetings with South Korea’s newly elected President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Biden will also hold a summit with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan as part of a meeting of the so-called Quad, a strategic partnership formed in part to counter the rise of China.
Cleve, Seung Min and Michelle write:
Biden faces a host of challenges on the trip, including an impending intercontinental ballistic missile test by North Korea that threatens to upend his plans. South Korean officials said on Wednesday that Washington and Seoul were preparing a joint command and control “plan B” in case Pyongyang conducts a missile test this weekend.
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