US President Joe Biden opened the summit of Quad leaders. The American leader met with Prime Ministers of India, Japan and Australia on Friday at the White House. This is the first face-to-face meeting at the level of state leaders. – It is a grouping of democratic partners who share a common vision of the future – said Biden.
US President Joe Biden met on Friday in the White House with prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia as part of the Quad Leaders’ Summit, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a key forum for cooperation in the Indian Ocean and Pacific region and an element of rivalry with China. This is the first face-to-face meeting at the level of state leaders.
“This grouping of democratic partners, united by a shared vision of the future, meets to respond to the key challenges of our era, from covid to climate change to new technologies,” President Biden said as he opened the summit.
Joe Biden announced that the states’ joint vaccine initiative will boost vaccine production in India by an additional billion doses. He also announced the launch of a special scholarship program for advanced science students from all four countries.
“Quad is about showing that democracies can be successful,” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. – We want the Indo-Pacific to be a region free from the use of coercive measures (…) and where disputes are resolved peacefully, in accordance with international law – he added.
The Quad Summit is another US diplomatic initiative
Before the Quad meeting, representatives of the Biden administration announced that the Friday summit – six months after the virtual meeting of leaders – would underline the importance of the format for the US and the priority of the Indo-Pacific region for America in the face of the growth of China’s power. The topics for the talks will go beyond security and focus on climate change, pandemic, infrastructure and technology.
The White House and the leaders of the countries also announced the signing of a series of agreements aimed at strengthening the position of countries in the competition with China. It is about strengthening the security of the semiconductor supply chain, cooperating in monitoring the seas and fighting illegal fishing, as well as an initiative to diversify 5G technologies. There will also be agreements on space and cybersecurity.
Before the summit, Joe Biden met separately with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, later he will talk to Japanese Prime Minister Yushihide Suga. Back on Tuesday, Biden spoke to Scott Morrison.
The Quad Summit is another US diplomatic initiative in this area, earlier last week Washington announced a new security pact with Australia and the UK, AUKUS, focused on cooperation in the Indian and Pacific regions. The first initiative of this agreement is the construction of nuclear-powered submarines for Australia.
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