Asian allies embrace Biden as China bids Trump ‘good riddance’

Asian allies embrace Biden as China bids Trump ‘good riddance’

Leaders across Asia react to inauguration of new president

TOKYO — Leaders across Asia made statements Thursday welcoming the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. president.

Allies and strategic partners such as Japan, South Korea and India offered the warmest salutations, while China was much more circumspect as it navigates the aftermath of Donald Trump’s onslaught against Beijing.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo that he would work closely with Biden to “reinforce the Japan-U.S. alliance” and a free and open Indo-Pacific, as well as tackle global issues such as COVID-19 and climate change. He added that he was making arrangements for a call with the new president “at an appropriate time.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in tweeted: “@JoeBiden, congratulations on your inauguration. America is back. America’s new beginning will make democracy even greater. Together with the Korean people, I stand by your journey toward ‘America United.'” North Korea has not commented on Biden since the inauguration.