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Biden’s Canceled Trip Framed as All About China

Local resident reading a report on U.S. President Joe Biden's canceled visit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Image: Adek Berry / AFP

U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cut his Asia-Pacific trip short to deal with debt ceiling negotiations with Republican counterparts is drawing criticism.

After attending the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Biden would have been the first U.S. president to visit Papua New Guinea (PNG). He would also have traveled on to Sydney to attend a summit with leaders of the Quad, the China-containing bloc made up of the U.S., India, Australia, and Japan.

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