Biden to visit South Korea, Japan on May 20-24

The White House announced on Wednesday that U.S. President Joe Biden would visit South Korea and Japan from May 20 to 24 for summit talks with his counterparts.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the trip would advance the Biden administration’s “rock-solid commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and U.S. treaty alliances” with South Korea and Japan. 

Biden would hold bilateral meetings with Yoon Suk Yeol, who will take office as South Korean president on May 10, and with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to deepen security relationships. 

According to Psaki, the meeting aims to enhance economic ties and expand close cooperation to deliver “practical results.”

Yoon’s spokesperson Bae Hyun Jin Yoon, also said that the Korean president plans to hold talks with Biden on North Korea’s policies, economic security, and regional and international issues.

Meanwhile, Japan’s top government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno said Kishida would hold a meeting with Biden first before the long-awaited second in-person Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) summit with leaders of Australia, India, and Japan. 

The trip would mark Biden’s first visit to Asia since taking office in January 2021. 

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