Was Biden's Taiwan statement scripted? 5 takeaways from his Asia trip
Quad summit, new trade framework underscore region's importance to U.S.
U.S. President Joe Biden, center, used his recent trip to Asia to show that the Indo-Pacific region is a top priority for his administration. He met South Korea's Yoon Suk-yeol, Australia's Anthony Albanese, Japan's Fumio Kishida and India's Narendra Modi. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)
SAYUMI TAKE, KENTARO IWAMOTO and KIM JAEWON, Nikkei staff writers | Japan
TOKYO/SEOUL -- U.S. President Joe Biden's five-day trip to Asia was an attempt to show the world, and especially China, that the Indo-Pacific is the priority region for his administration.
In a two-pronged approach, Biden sought to strengthen both security and economic ties during his visit. On the security front, whether intentionally or by a slip of tongue, he left nobody doubting he would use force to defend Taiwan if China attempts to invade. On the business front, he launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) as an alternative to Asian trade pacts that don't include the U.S.