Biden Receives South Korean President in the US in May

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US President Joe Biden will receive his South Korean colleague Moon Jae-in in Washington in the second half of May.


According to a White House spokesman, an exact date has not yet been set. The visit serves, among other things, to underline the relationship between the two countries.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of Foreign Affairs and his colleague Lloyd Austin of Defense visited the South Korean capital Seoul last month. Austin then emphasized that the US alliance with South Korea “had never been more important because of the unprecedented challenges posed by North Korea and China.”

As the first foreign head of government since taking office on Jan. 20, Biden will receive Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House on Friday. The visit underscores “friendship and partnership with the Japanese people,” the US government said.

Biden’s meeting with Suga comes as the US is trying to curb China’s growing influence over the region. There are also ongoing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program. Blinken and Austin visited Tokyo last month, just before travelling to Seoul.

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