Joe Biden

Joe Biden in South Korea: US to Play Leading Role in Security, Prosperity of Asia

Have a chance to bend history the VP says

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Seeking to reassure wary allies, Vice President Joe Biden on Friday pushed back against those who question America's commitment to Asia, which has at times been obscured by an array of distractions at home and abroad.

But Biden warned that without trust and common ground rules, the White House's economic and security goals in Asia could be threatened by mounting tensions in the region.

"This is one of those inflection points in history," Biden said in a speech at an elite South Korean university. "We actually have a chance — a chance — to bend history just slightly."