Indo-Pacific focus as US President heads to Japan for Quad
US President Joe Biden will be in Japan later this week to participate in the second in-person Quad Summit, following the summit he hosted here in Washington last September.
He will do this alongside the Prime Ministers of Japan, India, Australia.
"And we believe that this summit will demonstrate, both in substance and in vision, that democracies can deliver and that these four nations working together will defend and uphold the principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific," US National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan told reporters in Washington on May 19.
President Biden is set to travel to Asia this week to reaffirm vital security alliances with South Korea and Japan and participate in the second in-person Quad Summit to reaffirm commitment for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Sullivan said this is his first trip as President to the Indo-Pacific region, which he will use to assert American leadership in this vital region of the world.
"President Biden has rallied the free world in defense of Ukraine and in opposition to Russian aggression. He remains focused on ensuring that our efforts in those missions are successful. But he also intends to seize this moment -- this pivotal moment -- to assert bold and confident American leadership in another vital region of the world: the Indo-Pacific," said Sullivan.