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China, North Korea cast shadow over Biden Asia mission

- The Washington Times

President Biden will attempt to project harmony and unity of purpose among Indo-Pacific democracies and underscore America’s security commitment to Asia during a six-day visit to South Korea and Japan this week, amid criticism from a wary China and concerns that North Korea may try to derail the trip with a nuclear test.

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Biden starts Asia trip with global issues and tech on agenda

- Associated Press

President Biden is opening his trip to Asia with a focus on the computer chip shortage that has bedeviled the world economy, touring a Samsung computer chip plant that will serve as model for a $17 billion semiconductor factory that the Korean electronics company plans to open in Texas.

U.S., allies step up aid for embattled Ukraine

- The Washington Times

The Biden administration and its allies put their aid push for Ukraine into overdrive Thursday. President Biden approved a $40 billion package of economic, security and humanitarian assistance and a second $100 million shipment of lethal military equipment. The Group of Seven financial ministers agreed on a reported $18.4 billion budget in support of Kyiv.

Biden hosts NATO hopefuls Sweden, Finland at White House

- The Washington Times

President Biden on Thursday doubled down on offering U.S. security assurances to Finland and Sweden in his meeting with the two countries' leaders at the White House, just one day after both nations submitted their formal bids to join NATO.

Biden's burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to U.S. woes

- Associated Press

As President Joe Biden embarks for Asia on Thursday, he's facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories.

Biden affirms support to Finland, Sweden for NATO

- The Washington Times

President Biden on Wednesday committed to working with Finland and Sweden to "remain vigilant against any threats to our shared security" and "deter and confront aggression" while the two Nordic countries' applications to join the NATO military alliance are under review.

Watchdog: U.S. pullout 'most important factor' in Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

The pullout of American forces begun by President Trump and accelerated under President Biden was the "single most important factor" in the rapid collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan and the takeover of the country by the radical Islamist Taliban movement last summer, according to a new report by the chief U.S. watchdog over the failed 20-year American mission in Kabul.