Joe Biden cancels his trip to Australia because of the US domestic debt crisis

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US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled his planned visit to Australia due to the unresolved domestic debt deadlock in the United States.

In a statement, the White House said Biden had decided to remain in Washington to focus on the ongoing negotiations to raise the federal debt limit.

The decision to cancel the visit was taken “out of an abundance of caution”, the statement said.

Biden had been due to visit Australia next week to discuss economic ties and security collaboration between the two countries.

His visit would have been the first by a US Vice President to Australia since George H.W. Bush in 1991.

The US government has been at an impasse for weeks as Democrats and Republicans battle over proposals to raise the debt ceiling, which is set to expire on August 2.

If an agreement is not reached by then, the US will be unable to pay its bills, and could default on its debt obligations.