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Domestic U.S. Politics Undermine Washington’s Ability to Challenge China’s Influence in Asia-Pacific

A planned summit of Quad leaders from the United States, India, Australia, and Japan in Sydney next week has been canceled after U.S. President Joe Biden pulled out of his visit. Jim WATSON / AFP

U.S. President Joe Biden will leave for Japan on Wednesday to attend a G7 leaders summit in Hiroshima, but rather than continue on to Australia and what would have been a landmark visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG), he’ll head straight back to Washington instead.

The White House on Tuesday announced that the President is curtailing his Asia-Pacific tour so he can manage negotiations with Republican lawmakers over the debt limit.

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