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Photos: Biden's Asia trip

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From left, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, as the four leaders met for a summit in Tokyo on Tuesday, May 24. The informal "Quad" group is widely seen as part of the United States' efforts to counter China's reach and territorial claims in the Indo-Pacific.

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Updated 4:56 PM ET, Tue May 24, 2022

From left, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, as the four leaders met for a summit in Tokyo on Tuesday, May 24. The informal "Quad" group is widely seen as part of the United States' efforts to counter China's reach and territorial claims in the Indo-Pacific.

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US President Joe Biden has wrapped up an alliance-boosting visit to Asia, a belated first trip to a region that remains central to his foreign policy goals even as his focus has been drawn away.

Biden's stops in two staunch US allies — South Korea and Japan — were meant to bolster partnerships at a moment of global instability. While Biden and his team have spent much of their time and resources on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, provocations from North Korea have intensified and China continues to flex its economic and military might.

The President paid his first visit to Asia later in his presidency than he might have liked, according to officials, who said Covid restrictions and the pull of other crises made it difficult to schedule a trip. Biden is the third US president in a row to attempt a foreign policy refocus on Asia, though intervening events have often gotten in the way.

Biden speaks during a news conference in Tokyo with Kishida on Monday, May 23. Biden said Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if China attempts to take Taiwan by force, a warning that appeared to deviate from the deliberate ambiguity traditionally held by Washington. The White House quickly downplayed the comments, saying they don't reflect a change in US policy.

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Biden meets with Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.

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Biden, Kishida and Modi participate in an event for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.

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Biden shakes hands with Kishida during a bilateral meeting at Tokyo's Akasaka Palace.

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Biden reviews an honor guard with Kishida during a welcome ceremony in Tokyo.

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Biden speaks with members of the US military and their families while visiting Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Sunday, May 22.

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Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol visit the Osan Air Base.

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Biden and Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Eui Sun arrive to address the press on the automaker's decision to build a new electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility in Savannah, Georgia.

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Biden attends a state dinner at the National Museum of Korea on Saturday, May 21.

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Yoon and Biden are greeted by a guard of honor as they arrive for the state dinner in Seoul, South Korea.

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Yoon greets Biden prior to their bilateral meeting at the People's House in Seoul.

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Biden places incense in a memorial flame during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery on Saturday. The ceremony honored the sacrifice of Koreans who died to protect their country, including the soldiers who lost their lives in the Korean War.

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Biden gives a speech following a tour of a Samsung factory in Pyeongtaek on Friday, May 20. He tied the global chip shortage to the war in Ukraine, saying the United States and its allies must reduce their dependence on essential items from autocratic regimes.

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Biden and Yoon visit the Samsung factory. Semiconductors have been in short supply after some Chinese plants were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Activists in Seoul protest Biden's visit to South Korea.

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Biden boards Air Force One before departing for Asia on Thursday, May 19.

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