The White House released a statement in which it said, President Joe Biden will officially visit South Korea and Japan next for the Quad Summit where he is also scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “This trip will advance the Biden-Harris administration’s rock-solid commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The leader will discuss opportunities to deepen our vital security relationships, enhance economic ties and expand our close cooperation to deliver practical results”.
Psaki further added that in Tokyo, Biden will meet the leaders of the Quad group of Australia, India, and Japan.
Biden’s trip to Japan and South Korea is scheduled from May 20 to 24 where he will be holding bilateral meetings with South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
With China’s growing military presence in the strategic region, the US, Australia, India and Japan gave shape to the long-pending proposal to create a quad for the purpose of developing a new plan to ensure the sea routes in the Indo-Pacific remain free from influence. Artificial islands and military installations were built in the South China Sea by Beijing.