Reporting from Yokota Air Base, Japan — Vice President Joe Biden closed his nine-day Asia tour with a pep talk for U.S. forces stationed in Japan, touting America’s role as a “Pacific power.”
Ending a trip that began in China, the vice president stated clearly that his visit there was not one of reassurance about American finances, as had been the prevailing sentiment.
“I didn’t come to explain a damn thing,” he said.
In an interview Monday night Biden was more diplomatic when discussing his talks with Chinese leaders, saying their comments behind closed doors about U.S. finances didn’t match public criticism.
“I didn’t get any sense that there was any anxiety from them, on the part of the Chinese government, about whether or not we were a rising or declining economic power,” he said. “I got the sense that just like to us, they were hoping we’d begin to grow again seriously because it’s in their interest.”