On August 16, 2011, Vice President Joe Biden departed for his nine-day trip to Asia, where he visited China, Mongolia, and Japan. In each country, the Vice President met with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional, and international issues.
The Vice President's first stop on his trip was Beijing, at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping -- the first of the planned reciprocal visits between the Vice Presidents announced by President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao during his state visit to Washington earlier this year. While in Beijing, the Vice President met with Vice President Xi and other Chinese leaders, including President Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao. The Vice President also visited the city of Chengdu, in China's Southwest, and delivered a speech on U.S.-China relations at Sichuan University.
At his next stop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the Vice President underscored U.S. support for Mongolia's two decades of democratic development and our growing economic ties. Vice President Biden said, "Mongolia is not just a shining example for other nations in transition,” said the Vice President, “It's an emerging leader in the worldwide democratic movement, a responsible actor on the world stage, and a close friend and partner of the United States."
In Japan, the final leg of his trip through Asia, the Vice President expressed steadfast U.S. support for its close ally in the wake of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emergency. Vice President Biden said, "The Japanese remind the world of something equally as forceful as the force of nature." At Yokota Air Base, headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan, the Vice President expressed gratitude to U.S. civilian and military personnel for their assistance in responding to the disaster and highlighted Japan's resilience during the recovery and rebuilding process.
Before returning to Washington, the Vice President stopped in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and delivered remarks at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
You can learn more about Vice President Biden's visit here.