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Security, trade top agenda in Biden's S'pore trip

Published on Jul 26, 2013 6:41 AM
 
United States Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden arrive in Singapore at Paya Lebar Airbase on July 25, 2013. Maritime disputes and trade ties with Asia are likely to top the agenda as Mr Biden begins a visit to Singapore, officials and analysts said. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Maritime disputes and trade ties with Asia are likely to top the agenda as United States (US) Vice-President Joe Biden begins a visit to Singapore on Friday, officials and analysts said.

Mr Biden, who arrived in the city-state late on Thursday, is scheduled to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, influential elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew.

President Barack Obama's number two will also meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is visiting Singapore on the same day as part of a tour of South-east Asia.

On Saturday, Mr Biden will visit a facility of US aerospace giant Pratt & Whitney, and tour the US Navy's littoral combat ship USS Freedom, which has been deployed to Singapore and the surrounding region for the next eight months to give teeth to Washington's strategic "pivot" towards Asia.

 
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