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Biden in Asia: Clearing the Air?

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Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Northeast Asia this week on a long-scheduled trip that has taken on new importance. His stops in Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul take place against the backdrop of China’s announcement of a new air defense identification zone that includes areas and territories claimed by Japan and South Korea. Both nations have protested the Chinese action. Amidst growing geopolitical rivalries, greater economic integration, and heightened nationalism throughout the region, China’s rise and America’s rebalance to Asia put regional tensions in a new light.

In this "Ground Truth Briefing" experts discussed the challenges and outcomes of Vice President Biden’s Northeast Asia trip.

The Ground Truth Briefing series taps into the resources of former Center Scholars and Fellows who are on the ground in hot spots around the globe and can share their unique viewpoints.


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Joun-Yung Sun

    Senior Scholar
    Professor, University of North Korean Studies, Seoul
  • Yoshihide Soeya

    Japan Scholar
    Director, Institute of East Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University, Japan
  • Zheng Wang

    Global Fellow
    Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
  • Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States