US President Joe Biden arrived in Japan this Sunday, a new stop on an Asian tour to expand cooperation with countries in the region with the aim of counterbalancing China’s economic and military rise.
Previously, Biden spent three days in South Korea, where he assured that Washington and Seoul are prepared to respond to any provocation from North Korea, given the suspicion that Pyongyang is going to carry out a new nuclear or missile test imminently. “We’ve thought about how we’re going to respond to anything they do. So I’m not worried,” he said.
For Biden it has also been the occasion to meet the new South Korean president, Yoon Suk-yeol, and deepen cooperation in strategic sectors such as semiconductors or electric vehicles.
In Japan, the president will announce the creation of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. He will also meet with the leaders of the quad group, made up of the United States, Japan, Australia and India. Both multilateral schemes have been pushed by Washington to counter China’s growing influence.