U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in South Korea Friday evening.
Because of COVID-19, his first trip to Asia as president comes a bit later than those of his predecessors -- he's been in office for 16 months now.
But President Biden's been to South Korea several times before as a U.S. senator and as vice president.
He's been to the DMZ twice -- once in 2001 as a senator, and most recently in 2013 as vice president.
So, because he's been there already, President Biden's itinerary this weekend will not include the DMZ.
When he came to Korea in 2013 as vice president, he celebrated the 60th anniversary of the two countries' alliance.
Then, he was the first U.S. vice president to visit South Korea in a decade.
He met with then-president Park Geun-hye and spoke about the U.S. pivot to Asia.
And now, President Biden is following in the Obama administration's footsteps.
He is the third consecutive president who's sought to shift the focus of U.S. foreign policy in order to check China's growing regional influence.
In 2013, Biden also spoke at Yonsei University.
There, he said the U.S. will spearhead a new age of prosperity and security in Asia.
Nine years later, Biden is returning, most likely with the same theme.
His commitment to Asia seems to remain firm, especially with China still seen by the U.S. as its main challenge.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News