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Biden time in Asia

Commentary: China is the looming superpower, but with a tradition of taking the long view.
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Vice President Joe Biden with his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao. (Andy Wong-Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
OWLS HEAD, Maine — Vice-President Joe Biden has set off on perhaps the most sensitive and significant foreign policy venture of his five years under President Obama. Indeed, it may be a more important undertaking than anything Hillary Clinton did in the 956,733 miles she traveled as Secretary of State. During three decades of record growth, China has pole-vaulted its citizens into virtually undreamt-of economic prosperity and equally unimaginable pollution. Now, China has decided its time to parlay its position as an economic powerhouse into one as a forceful strategic player in East Asia. Biden's trip will take him to a triangle of countries, Japan, China, and South Korea. Each has competing interests and conflicting friendships.
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