Biden’s ‘betting’ comment triggers controversy in Seoul amid tensions with China

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to business leaders in Tokyo on Dec. 3.  /Reuters/Toru Hanai

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to business leaders in Tokyo on Dec. 3. /Reuters/Toru Hanai

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s wordings made during his visit to Seoul have triggered a controversy over South Korea’s stance amid a looming standoff between the United States and China. South Korea’s biggest newspaper Chosun Ilbo quoted Biden as saying: “Betting on the opposite side of the United States is not a good bet.”

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