US President Joe Biden visits South Korea and Japan on high-stakes trip

Welcome to today’s Morning Brief, where we follow US President Joe Biden’s speech Tour in Asia, Ukraine’s first war crimes trial, and the Taliban are in progress repression on women’s rights.

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Biden visits South Korea and Japan

Welcome to today’s Morning Brief, where we follow US President Joe Biden’s speech Tour in Asia, Ukraine’s first war crimes trial, and the Taliban are in progress repression on women’s rights.

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Biden visits South Korea and Japan

US President Joe Biden will land in Asia today, for the first time in his presidency, kicks off a high-profile trip to strengthen ties with regional allies and launch a new trade initiative.

During the four-day tour, Biden will have a key opportunity to strengthen partnerships with South Korea and Japan, as well as reaffirming the region’s longstanding importance to U.S. foreign policy, particularly with respect to China.

“China fits into this situation as the main target; there really is no better way to put it,” said Yun Sun, senior fellow at the Stimson Center, who noted that Beijing remains a top priority on Washington’s national security agenda. The “United States is trying to strengthen its coordination and cooperation with its allies and partners in order to deal more effectively with China,” she said.

Biden’s first stop is Seoul, where he will meet new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol; from there he will travel to Japan for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The tour will conclude with a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Summit in Tokyo, bringing together Biden, Kishida, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the winner of Saturday’s Australian election.

In Tokyo, Biden is also expected to officially unveil the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a new US-led initiative which would be designed to enhance trade and supply chains In the region.

“The message we are trying to send on this trip is one of an affirmative view of what the world can look like if the democracies and open societies of the world come together to shape the rules of the road,” said United States National Security Advisor JakeSullivan. “We believe this message will be heard everywhere. We think he will be heard in Beijing.

But neighboring North Korea could disrupt hopes for a smooth trip. US and South Korean officials have warned that Pyongyang could plot to carry out a nuclear attack or missile test at coincide with the tour, and Sullivan said the White House is preparing for worst-case scenarios. “We are preparing for all eventualities, including the possibility of such a provocation occurring while we are in Korea or Japan,” he said.

If Pyongyang conducted a test during the trip, it will “add another layer of urgency”, Sun said. But at the same time, she added, “A provocation by North Korea will not be a big surprise because even before the Biden administration, I think people expected North Korea to act. .”


What we follow today

Trial for war crimes in Ukraine. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian soldier, has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian in the first war crimes trial held for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He faces life imprisonment, maximum penalty available in Ukraine.

The trial could be the first in a long series: Ukrainian officials are said to have already charged 10 other Russian soldiers for war crimesaccording to The Wall Street Journal.

Repression of the Taliban. The Taliban have required than female TV anchors in Afghanistan covering their faces during the presentation, the latest in a long line of restrictions targeting the rights of Afghan women. Earlier in May, the Taliban also issued a burqa mandate and required women to have male chaperones when outdoors.

“Afghanistan under the Taliban has come to mirror the fictional totalitarian society of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Talein which women’s bodies are treated as the property of the state,” FP columnist Lynne O’Donnell writing.


Partygate findings. After four months investigationBritish authorities have finally completed their investigation into the “party portal government rallies on Thursday. A total of 126 fines were imposed on 83 people for breaking pandemic rules on social gatherings, although British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – whose very career has been threatens when he was a fine last month – was spared a second fine.

Historical default of Sri Lanka. As Sri Lanka grapples with growing economic and political crises, the country by default Thursday on its external debt. With the default – the first in Sri Lanka’s history – the country now has to approx. $51 billion.

“As Sri Lanka’s economic disaster continues, the protests will also continue, ensuring that the political crisis is not yet over either,” said journalist Virginia Jeffries and activist Laxmanan Sanjeev. wrote in Foreign Police yesterday. Despite immense pressure to step down, they write, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appears to be preparing for the long haul.


Condé Nast, the publishing giant behind vogueapologized to a pub in Cornwall, England, just days after threatening to sue him for having a similar name to the fashion publication.

As noted by Monday’s Morning Brief, the pub – called Star Inns in Voguewrote a letter rejecting the publisher’s request, explaining that the pub is in a village called Vogue which is much older than the magazine while noting that singer Madonna had presumably not asked permission from the company when choosing the title of his hit song.

“When I opened the letter I thought some bugger from the village was bothering me,” said Mark Graham, the pub’s owner. Cornwall Live.

Graham hasn’t given up on poking fun at the post; according to the BBC, his potential plans include releasing a local parish magazine called Vogue magazine and a rearrangement of Madonnas Vogue, be executed by part of the villages taller and hairier men in skimpy clothes at the beer festival later this year.

To apologize, Condé Nast sent the pub a framed letter apologies. “From one Vogue to another, please accept our apologies,” the letter read.

Kevin E. Boling