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President Biden eyes visit to Japan for Quad summit in May 

Nikkei wrote that it has learned that the USG has sounded out the GOJ on the idea of having President Biden visit Japan in May for a summit with the leaders of the other Quad nations and that Japan is conducting coordination with Australia and India. The paper wrote that President Biden is exploring the possibility of visiting South Korea in May when a new ROK president is slated to take office. Tokyo is finalizing the date for the Quad summit with an eye on Australia’s general election, which is expected to be called by late May. 

 

The paper speculated that the United States aims to discuss deterrence against China at the upcoming Quad summit because Beijing has been stepping up its coercive actions against Japan and Taiwan. The paper also conjectured that Washington has been strengthening its ties with Indo-Pacific allies due to the growing tensions over the situation in Ukraine because it is becoming difficult for the United States to fully exercise deterrence against China and North Korea as it needs to divert its military and diplomatic resources toward Russia. 

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