WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will travel to South Korea and Japan next month, his first trip to Asia since joining last year, to consult with allies on growing threats from China and North Korea.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the trip on 20-24. May Wednesday. Both allies host significant U.S. military contingents, and the trip comes as North Korea has escalated its nuclear missile tests and China has become more confident 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 with the so-called “Quad” – which also includes Australia, Japan and India – as they aim to create stronger partnerships to curb China in the Indo-Pacific.
It will be Biden’s fourth foreign trip as president. He traveled to Poland and Belgium in March following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.