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VP Biden opens weeklong Asia trip with Tokyo stop
VP Biden in Tokyo on first leg of 3-nation tour aimed at showing US still focused on Asia
By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press
2013-12-02 10:22 PM

TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region.

Biden arrived in Tokyo on Monday evening and was being met by Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan. While in Japan, Biden will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay). He'll also tour a technology company and highlight women's role in Japan's economy.

Later in the week, Biden will meet in China with President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) amid an international spat over China's new air defense zone.

Biden will wrap up the trip in Seoul, where he'll meet with South Korea's president and prime minister. He'll deliver a speech about U.S.-Korean relations and be briefed on the North Korean nuclear situation.

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