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HomeTravelBiden wanted to prioritize China. 16 months later, he gets his shot.

Biden wanted to prioritize China. 16 months later, he gets his shot.

And then, there’s the regional fallout of the war in Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion has prompted fears in the region that Beijing could seize upon the war to ratchet up pressure on Taiwan and escalate its disruptive tactics against other neighbors. The White House is hopeful that Biden’s mere presence will reassure Tokyo and Seoul and their recently elected leaders. The president will also use the trip to meet with the Quad, which includes Australia and India, to try to establish another barrier to Chinese expansion.

“The message we’re trying to send on this trip is what the world can look like if the democracies and open societies of the world can stand together to shape the rules of the road,” said Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser. “It will send a powerful…

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