By Meghashyam Mali - 08/23/11 12:08 PM EDT
Vice President Biden visited Japan on Tuesday and dismissed concerns that either that country or the U.S. had lost its footing after the tsunami in Japan and the credit downgrade in the U.S.
"There are voices in the world who are counting us out. They are making a very bad bet," Biden said to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, reports The Associated Press.
"The United States is and will remain a Pacific power. America's focus on this critical region will only grow in the years to come as Asia plays an ever-increasing role in the global economy and international affairs," Biden said.
"The anchor of that relationship will be Japan," he added.
Biden praised the nation's recovery efforts after the March tsunami.
"The disaster met its match in the legendary industriousness and relentless perseverance of the Japanese people," said Biden in a speech at Sendai, a city hit by the tsunami.
Biden, on an eight-day trip to Asia, has visited China and Mongolia.
In China, Biden sought to reassure that nation’s leaders that the U.S. was restoring its fiscal health and would pay its debt.
"I want to make clear that you have nothing to worry about in terms of their viability,” Biden said of China’s investment in U.S. treasuries.