Biden to Stop by Korea Next Month

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    April 25, 2022 13:25

    Joe Biden /Reuters-Yonhap

    U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to visit Korea in the third week of May to meet with President Yoon Suk-yeol.

    A diplomatic source told the Chosun Ilbo the schedule for Biden's visit to Korea is "virtually fixed."

    Biden is stopping over on his way to Japan to attend at a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, an informal anti-China alliance consisting of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India, on May 24.

    A U.S. security team arrived in Seoul last Saturday to prepare the ground. Possible stops for Biden include the demilitarized zone, U.S. Forces Korea headquarters in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, and a Samsung semiconductor plant nearby.

    Biden is expected to focus on cementing the bilateral alliance and discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China's global trade dominance, and North Korea's accelerating nuclear arms program.

    "Washington is paying attention to the recent diplomatic developments between Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow," an official on Yoon's transition team said. "To contain them, Washington is concentrating on strengthening relations with its allies in the Indo-Pacific region."

    Biden's visit is aimed at restoring trilateral cooperation between Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, which has been weakened during the Moon Jae-in administration, and also strengthening cooperation in economic and security affairs.

    Samsung's semiconductor plant in Pyeongtaek is on the list of Biden's possible destinations because there are only two manufacturers in the world that are capable of carrying out the 3-nm process -- Samsung and TSMC of Taiwan. Washington is keen to diversify global supply chains away from China.

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