United States President Joe Biden will hold a meeting with the leaders of the so-called “Quad”, which includes Australia, India and Japan, this Friday as tensions with China mount.
“The heads of state and government will address issues of common interest at regional and global level and exchange views in areas of cooperation to keep the Indo-Pacific region free, open and inclusive,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement.
For its part, the White House has announced that the parties will deal with, among other things, economic cooperation, the fight against the coronavirus and the climate crisis. “The fact that this is one of Biden’s most important multilateral events shows how important it is for us to work with our allies in the Indo-Pacific,” said Jen Psaki, White House press secretary.
The “Quad” is a strategic forum created by the four countries that includes the celebration of summits and the regular exchange of information between the states that make up it.
However, this marks the first time the four leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian President Scott Morrison, have held a meeting, albeit a virtual one, according to CNN television.
“The ‘quad’ fits in with our approach to the region,” said Morrison. “This will not be a question of bureaucracy … but of four leaders, four countries working together to build peace, prosperity and stability,” he said.