The meeting was held 11 days after President Yoon took office. As it is the fastest Korea-US summit ever held, it is analyzed that expectations for strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance are that high.
President Biden arrives at Osan Air Base in Korea on the afternoon of the afternoon on the Air Force One, the presidential aircraft.
Immediately after entering the country, they inspect Samsung Electronics’ semiconductor factory in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province.
It is a schedule with global supply chain cooperation and economic security cooperation in mind. A plan to create synergy with US semiconductor design technology and Korean manufacturing technology is expected to be discussed in detail.
President Yoon will accompany the factory tour, and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is expected to accompany the two leaders. It is also reported that the South Korea-US summit announcing a technology alliance is also being pursued.
President Biden visited the Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 21st, the next day, to make flowers and burn incense at the memorial tower.
Then, they move to the Yongsan Presidential Office Building and hold a summit meeting with President Yoon.
At this summit, North Korea’s nuclear response, economic security, and regional cooperation will be discussed as key agenda items. Both countries expect that this will serve as an opportunity to advance the ROK-US alliance into a ‘comprehensive strategic alliance’.
In particular, as North Korea’s seventh nuclear test and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch are known to be imminent, measures to strengthen extended deterrence against North Korea are expected to come up on the summit table.
It is also interesting to see how much President Yoon will respond to President Biden’s message of public restraint.
The meeting will last for 90 minutes in the order of small-group talks, exchanges, and extended talks in the office and reception room on the 5th floor of the government building. Afterwards, a joint press conference with the Korean and American media will be held in the auditorium on the first basement floor.
A joint declaration between the United States and South Korea will also be announced at this conference.
After the meeting, a welcome banquet hosted by President Yoon will be held at the National Museum of Korea near the Presidential Office in Yongsan. The dinner will be attended by the heads of top 10 domestic groups.
President Biden will visit Osan Air Base on the morning of the 22nd to comfort and encourage the hard work of Korean and American soldiers. President Yoon is expected to accompany President Biden to Osan and return to Japan in the afternoon of the same day.
Visits to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) were not included in the itinerary for this visit.
President Biden will stay in Japan until the 24th.
In Japan, he attends the Quad Summit, a consultative body of four countries, the United States, Japan, Australia, and India, and holds a summit meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
President Yoon is expected to attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) Initiation Declaration Summit held in Japan on the 24th via video and announce his intention to take a leading role in regional cooperation.
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