WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will not wait to be inaugurated before embarking on the new administration’s first overseas fact-finding trip. Mr. Biden will fly to undisclosed destinations in Southwest Asia this week.
Although Mr. Biden will travel in his capacity as a senator, a job he will vacate within days of returning, the trip effectively represents the incoming administration’s first foray into foreign policy since the Nov. 4 election. While outspoken on economic matters, President-elect Barack Obama and Mr. Biden have avoided discussing international issues publicly the last two months, deferring to President Bush. Biden Schedules Fact-Finding Journey to Asia.