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Biden takes aggressive posture toward China on Asia trip

By Seung Min Kim, Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

23 May 2022 · 7 min read

TOKYO - President Joe Biden opened the second chapter of his Asia tour Monday with moves - some choreographed, others perhaps not - signaling a more confrontational approach to China on multiple fronts as his administration looks to curb the influence of the world's most populous nation.

In a news conference Monday, Biden said the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if it came under attack by China - despite the U.S. policy of remaining vague on the subject - and that deterring Beijing was one reason Russian President Vladimir Putin must be punished for his "barbarism in Ukraine." Later, his administration announced the outlines of a new trade framework that is meant to strengthen U.S. economic ties with other nations in the Indo-Pacific.

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