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Joe Biden visit Japan ,South Korea

Joe Biden visit Japan ,South Korea

Joe Biden visit Japan ,South Korea
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Joe Biden will visit Japan and South Korea on his first Asian trip as president, sending a strong warning to China, according to aides and analysts: don’t do what Russia did in Ukraine elsewhere in Asia, certainly not in Taiwan.

Biden leaves on Thursday for the five-day trip after months of rallying allies to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow refers to as a “special operation.”

In Seoul, he talks with new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, and in Tokyo, he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, both of whom share concerns about North Korea and China and are anxious to strengthen their long-standing connections with Washington.

“At its core this (trip) is about building out the alliance network in East Asia,” in part to oppose any Chinese steps against Taiwan, according to Evan Medeiros, an Asia specialist in Barack Obama’s administration.

The harsh penalties imposed by Biden on Russia would be more difficult to implement on China.

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China is South Korea’s top trading partner and the greatest source of products imported by Japan, both of which it outperforms the United States.

Complicating Biden’s message, his government has not put out a strategy to fight Beijing if it moves to reclaim the self-governed island of Taiwan, despite US information indicating that preparations are underway.

Similarly, there is no public strategy in place to oppose Beijing’s no-COVID policy, which some analysts say may trigger a worldwide recession.
Despite these flaws, Seoul and Tokyo are more supportive of Washington than they have been in recent years.

“The president is lucky in who he has as counterparts,” said Michael Green, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“I was doing the math on this, and it’s been at least 20 years since an American president could travel to Japan and Korea and count on the leaders in both countries being so forthrightly pro-alliance.”

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