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Vice President Biden to Travel to China, Mongolia, and Japan

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has released a statement saying Vice President Joe Biden will depart for China, Mongolia, and Japan on August 16, 2011.  

He will visit China at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping – the first of the planned reciprocal visits between the vice presidents announced during President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Washington earlier this year.  

While in China, Vice President Biden will meet with Vice President Xi and other Chinese leaders, including President Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao, to discuss a broad range of issues.  

Vice President Biden will also visit the city of Chengdu, in China’s Southwest.

In Ulaanbaatar, the vice president will underscore U.S. support for Mongolia’s two decades of democratic development and our growing economic ties.  

In Japan, Vice President Biden will express U.S. support for its close ally in the wake of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emergency.  

The vice president will thank U.S. civilian and military personnel for their assistance in responding to the disaster, as well as highlight Japan’s resilience during the recovery and rebuilding process.

Additional details about the vice president’s trip will be released at a later date.

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Vice President Biden Thanks US Troops in Iraq

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(BAGHDAD) -- Speaking to U.S. troops at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad Thursday, Vice President Biden grew emotional, wiping tears from his eyes and his face, as he talked about wounded servicemembers and the sacrifices that so many have made.

Describing how he and his wife, Jill, spend Christmas visiting patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Biden wiped a tear away from his eye as he said that he is always struck by the same question that so many wounded veterans ask him.

“Almost without exception the only request that I get is ‘Mr. Vice President, can you help me get back to my unit?’” he said.

Biden again wiped his face as he explained how he wished the world could see what he does -– “young women and men, not so young sometimes, who don’t ask a thing for all that they’ve done and you wonder how in god’s name can they do this?”

Biden often speaks in very personal terms about the men and women serving in the military. His son, Beau, spent a year deployed to Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade.

The vice president later apologized for keeping the troops waiting -- he was late to deliver the remarks.

He said he did not plan on getting emotional, but would not apologize for the “intensity” of the feelings that he shares with so many Americans for the sacrifices the men and women of the military are making on behalf of their country.

“We owe you -- we owe you more than we can ever repay you,” Biden said. “But the amazing thing to me is how after all that you’ve done, so few of you expect anything, even thanks.”

This was Biden’s seventh trip to Iraq as vice president and he noted that he has been there more than 17 times total. He came to Baghdad this week to meet with Iraqi political leaders in the Green Zone.

Biden said that he was in Baghdad to “help the Iraqis celebrate the progress they made.”

“They formed a government. And that's a good thing. They have a long way to go,” he said of the coalition government that came together in December, after nine months of difficult negotiations.

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Suicide Car Bomb Kills 18 in Attack on Police in Pakistan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) – Eighteen people were killed and 20 were injured Wednesday when a suicide car bomber rammed into a police station in Pakistan, according to the latest figures. 

The Taliban in Pakistan have taken responsibility for the attack and cited drone raids as a motive, according to reports.

"We claim responsibility for this attack. We will continue such attacks unless the drone attacks are stopped," a Taliban spokesman, Azam Tariq, told news agency AFP over the phone.

More than 50 officers were inside the Merian police station in the Bannu district in the northwest part of the country, according to the BBC. All those killed belonged to the federal paramilitary force Frontier Corps.

The attack comes on the same day U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to the country to urge a government crackdown on militants.

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Biden Pledges ‘Lasting Commitment’ to Haiti

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) – A week from the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Vice President Joe Biden has pledged the “lasting commitment” of the United States to help the Haitian people. 

Biden met with Haitian-American leaders at the White House Thursday to discuss the work of the U.S. and international partners in Haiti over the past year.

Although Biden praised the efforts that have been made there, he stressed that continued challenges in recovery remain.

January 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the quake.

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