Aug 24 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Washington remains a stabilising force in the Pacific region. Travis Brecher reports.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his East Asia tour at the U.S. Force Japan's base in Yokota. Speaking with troops, he said the U.S. will hold its position as the stabilising force in the Pacific region. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "The United States is a Pacific power and will remain a Pacific power as long as any one of us are standing. And the reason for that is not to conquer lands or areas. We are the stabilising force in the Pacific basin, the most populous area of the world." Many analysts view Biden's trip as a bid to convince China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, that its investments are safe. But the vice president emphasised that his visit to China was not to explain to Beijing the U.S. debt situation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "I didn't come to explain a damn thing. I came to state politely because trouble only occurs in misunderstanding." Biden, who kicked off his trip to Asia last week, met Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in Tokyo before travelling to the country's quake-hit northeast. Travis Brecher, Reuters