Biden seeks a delicate balance of calming tensions with China while backing ally Japan over claims of airspace above a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea.
Dec. 7, 2013 Vice President Biden, left, and Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, put on their caps upon arrival at the demilitarized zone near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated North and South Korea since the Korean War. Biden on Saturday welcomed North Korea’s release of an elderly American veteran as “positive” but called on Pyongyang to free another U.S. citizen who was arrested a year ago. Lee Jin-Man/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo