The Washington Times - November 4, 2013, 10:06AM

With President Obama’s “pivot” to Asia suffering setbacks, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will travel to China, Japan and South Korea in the first week of December, the White House announced Monday.

In Beijing, Mr. Biden “will meet with key leaders to consult on global and regional issues of mutual interest,” the White House said. In Tokyo, he’ll renew focus on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.


And in Seoul, Mr. Biden will address a broad range of topics including “security threats” on the Korean peninsula.

Mr. Obama had to cancel a trip to two Asian summits last month due to the government shutdown, interfering with his plans to push for progress on the trade deal. There have been questions about the president’s oft-stated commitment to pay more attention to Asia, with Obamacare and other domestic problems dominating his attention in Washington, and challenges in the Middle East commanding his energies on the foreign policy front.