President Joe Biden’s three-nation trip will be dominated by China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
The President is scheduled to depart Washington for Hiroshima on May 17, to attend a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders.
On May 22, he is to continue to Sydney for the Quad Summit with a brief stop in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to meet with Pacific Island Forum leaders.
The meetings have been billed as opportunities to deepen cooperation on regional challenges and advance U.S. strategic interests in countering China’s influence.
The three-country trip also presents the 80-year-old Biden, who recently announced he’s running for reelection, with the opportunity to demonstrate that he still has enough in the tank to handle the gruelling pace of the presidency.