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As wars rage in Ukraine and Gaza, Biden tries to look to Asia

Biden's efforts to reorient U.S. foreign policy toward Asia have been interrupted repeatedly as his administration has mobilized to respond first to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and more recently to Hamas's attack on Israel and the ensuing war in Gaza.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to Washington this week returns the spotlight to one of Biden's top foreign policy priorities: building alliances in Asia to help counter China's influence.

Kishida will address a joint session of Congress this morning following last night's state dinner, during which Kishida quoted "Star Trek" and John F. Kennedy as he praised the ties between the United States and Japan. And Biden will meet this afternoon with Kishida and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines.


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