Factbox: Biden in Asia: Timeline and To-Do List for South Korea and Japan

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at the White House after delivering an interagency briefing on hurricane preparedness at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, United States, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will travel to South Korea and Japan May 20-24, a visit seen as crucial to efforts to strengthen regional cooperation and fight China.

Here’s the latest on Biden’s still-evolving schedule from official and corporate sources.

SOUTH KOREA: Friday 20 May – Sunday 22 May

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* Biden will leave Washington on Thursday afternoon.

* Shortly after arriving in South Korea on Friday, Biden is expected to tour a Samsung Electronics semiconductor factory, the office of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said.

* Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) has been working on plans to build a new electric vehicle manufacturing plant in the United States, and an announcement could coincide with Biden’s visit. Continue reading

* Biden will hold a bilateral meeting and press conference with Yoon.

* The White House said Wednesday that Biden would not go into the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating South Korea from North Korea.

* National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said at a news conference on Wednesday that Biden “will see American and Korean troops stand shoulder to shoulder in defense of our collective security,” though the White House has not released details of where that will happen.

JAPAN: Sunday 22 May – Monday 23 May

* Biden will meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as well as Japanese Emperor Naruhito. A bilateral press conference is also expected.

* Biden is due to make remarks on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) in Tokyo on Monday, which aims to set standards on issues such as labor, the environment and supply chains.

* He will be joined in person by Kishida for the announcement and virtually by a number of other Indo-Pacific countries, according to the White House.

Analysts and diplomats believe at least six countries are likely to sign the deal, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines and Singapore. Continue reading

QUAD SUMMIT: Tuesday, May 24th

* Biden is expected to join Japanese host Kishida, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the winner of Australia’s national elections to be held on Saturday for the second in-person quad summit.

* Biden is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with the Indian and Australian leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

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Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom in Washington and Jack Kim in Seoul; Adaptation by Heather Timmons and Leslie Adler

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