Joe Biden lands in South Korea and begins his first tour of Asia

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The US and South Korean presidents visited a Samsung plant south of Seoul.

Photo: KIM MIN-HEE / POOL / EFE

President Joe Biden arrived in South Korea on Friday, where he begins his first tour of Asia with the focus on strengthening economic and military cooperation with allies such as Seoul and the rivalry with China and North Korea in the background.

The presidential Air Force One touched down a little before 5:20 p.m. local time on Friday (7:20 GMT) at the US air base in Osan, about 70 kilometers south of Seoul, where Biden was received by the South Korean foreign minister, Park Jin, Yonhap news agency reported.

Biden will head to a South Korean tech giant Samsung factory in Pyeongtaek, where he will meet with that country’s new pro-American president, Yoon Suk-yeol.

Biden’s visit comes at a time of continuing tensions with China and with North Korea making preparations, according to Washington and Seoul, to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and carry out its first nuclear test since 2017.

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