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U.S. vice president kicks off Asia visit

U.S. vice president kicks off Asia visit WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden on Sunday embarked on a week-long visit to Japan, China and the Republic of Korea, in the administration's latest effort to rebalance toward Asia. "In each country, the vice president will meet with key leaders to discuss a full range of bilateral, regional and global issues," the White House said in a statement, as Biden left the Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for Tokyo.

Biden to join event for empowering women with Kennedy in Japan

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will engage in events aimed at empowering women in the economy when he visits Japan next week along with meetings with the country's leaders, a U.S. government official said Wednesday. Biden will be joined by new U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for "an event to highlight the role of women in the Japanese economy" during his visit to Japan starting Monday, the official told reporters.

Biden to convey 'concerns' to Beijing on air zone

US Vice President Jo Biden will convey Washington's "concerns" to Beijing about its newly-declared air defense zone during an upcoming visit to China, senior administration officials said Wednesday. Biden's trip next week also creates an opportunity to seek clarity regarding China's intentions during talks with policymakers there, the officials said. Biden is slated to visit Japan, China and the Republic of Korea starting Monday and will return to Washington on December 7.

Biden finds slice of home at Delaware sandwich shop

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took a stand for his home state on Thursday when he stepped out to buy Italian subs - for lunch with the boss - at a new branch of his favorite Delaware sandwich shop. "We don't call them hoagies in Delaware, we call them subs," said Biden, who represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years. "This started in Union Street where I hang out, Little Italy."

U.S. VP Biden congratulates wrong man in Boston mayor's race

BOSTON (Reuters) - As he watched the returns in Boston's most competitive mayoral race in two decades on Tuesday night, Marty Walsh's cell phone rang. "A 202 number popped up, and I picked it up. It was Vice President (Joe) Biden. He went right into it, 'Congratulations, Marty, you son of a gun. You did it!'" Walsh recalled on Thursday. "I said, 'Mr. Vice President, you have the wrong Marty Walsh.'"

Biden to visit S. Korea in early December

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to South Korea early next month as part of his Northeast Asia swing, the White House announced Monday. "The Vice President will travel to Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea the first week of December," it said in a press release. The Republic of Korea is the formal name for South Korea.

Biden to visit Panama, tour canal expansion in late November, in rescheduled trip

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden has rescheduled a visit to Panama that was put on hold last month amid threats of a U.S. military strike on Syria. The vice-president's office says Biden now plans to travel to Panama the third week of November. He'll meet with Panama President Ricardo Martinelli and tour the Panama Canal expansion project. A specific date for the trip is to be announced later.

Japan, U.S. eye Vice President Biden's visit to Tokyo in early Dec.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden is expected to visit Japan in early December for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on economic and defense cooperation, a Japanese government source said Friday. Biden had originally planned to make a tour to Asian nations in this autumn but been forced to reconsider the plan due to the partial government shutdown in Washington over a budget impasse that ended earlier this month, the source said.

Vice President Biden's niece arrested for allegedly hitting NYC cop

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A niece of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden was arrested in New York on Tuesday morning after police said she struck an officer responding to what local media reported was a dispute with a roommate. Caroline Biden, 26, was charged with obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and harassment, said New York Police Department spokeswoman Kellyann Ort. Biden, who lives in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, "had an interaction" with responding police in which she "struck an officer", Ort said.

Biden has tongues wagging over 2016 race with visit to Iowa

By Kay Henderson INDIANOLA, Iowa (Reuters) - With most Democrats keeping an eye on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for hints about her 2016 plans, Vice President Joe Biden's appearance at Iowa's 36th annual "Tom Harkin Steak Fry," may one day be viewed as a telling sign of his presidential intentions.
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