United States President Joe Biden arrived in Japan on Thursday to attend the G7 leaders’ summit, where the war in Ukraine and relations with China are expected to be two big issues.
The Air Force One presidential plane touched down at 3:58 p.m. local time (0658 GMT) on the runway of the US military base in Iwakuni (southwest Japan).
Biden was the first to get off the plane with a black umbrella that he kept closed despite the rain. They were followed by several members of the American team, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The US leader was greeted by the Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister, Kenji Yamada, the mayor of Iwakuni City, Yoshihiko Fukuda, and the United States Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emmanuel, with whom he was seen speaking during some of the events. minutes.
After a brief greeting, Biden entered the Iwakuni base to shake hands, talk and take pictures with some of the US military who were present, all in uniform.
According to Pentagon figures, about 14,000 people currently work at the Iwakuni base, including US military and Japanese personnel.
Biden will then travel to the neighboring city of Hiroshima, where he is scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at 6:00 pm local time (9:00 GMT).
Hiroshima will host an annual summit of leaders of the world’s seven major economies (Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States) between tomorrow, May 19, and next Sunday.
After the G7, Biden was scheduled to attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Papua New Guinea and the Quad (USA, Australia, India and Japan) summit in Australia; But, he had to suspend those trips first to return to Washington and negotiate with the Republican opposition to suspend the debt ceiling.
Biden and the Republicans have until June 1 to reach an agreement and prevent the United States from defaulting on its sovereign debt for the first time in history.