In summit with India, Japan and Australia, Biden says free Indo-Pacific ‘essential’

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Washington: U.S. President Biden met here on Friday with the leaders of Australia, India, and Japan, the core organization of his efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power. He said that a free and open Indo-Pacific region is vital to all countries.

The White House said that the so-called four-party virtual meeting is the first meeting at the leadership level. It shows the importance of Biden in the Indo-Pacific region and will focus on solving the coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis and recovery issues. Economic Growth.

“A free and open Indo Pacific is essential to each of our futures,” Biden told the meeting from the White House. “The United States is committed to working with you, our partners, and all our allies in the region, to achieve stability.”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he wanted the four “to forge strongly ahead toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific”.

India and Australia also emphasized the importance of regional security cooperation, which has been enhanced by previous lower-level Quad meetings.

A senior U.S. official told reporters Friday s meeting would involve “an honest, open discussion about China s role on the global stage,” referencing “challenges in the region” to free and open trade and commerce.

The Biden administration has stated that the four governments will announce a financing agreement to support the increase in India’s coronavirus vaccine production capacity, while New Delhi has called for a confrontation with Beijing’s expansion of vaccine diplomacy.

US officials said that these countries will also establish a team of experts to help distribute vaccines in the region, as well as working groups that collaborate on climate change, technical standards, and the joint development of emerging technologies.

As China adopts an increasingly tough foreign policy in Asia and other regions, the United States hopes to strengthen ties with allies and partners. Washington said that additional vaccine production capacity will be used for immunization efforts in Southeast Asia, while Beijing is vying for influence.

The virtual meeting, which also included Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, aims to lay the groundwork for an in-person meeting later this year, the administration said.

Modi told the session the Quad had “come of age” and would “now remain an important pillar of stability in the region”.

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