Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he will shorten his planned trip to the Indo-Pacific region, cancelling both a historic stop in Papua New Guinea and a stop in Australia for a meeting with other members of the so-called Quad partnership in order to concentrate on debt limit negotiations in Washington.

A setback in foreign policy for an administration that has placed putting a stronger emphasis on the Pacific area a key component of its global outreach is the cancellation of two of the trip’s three legs.