The leaders of America, Australia, Japan and India are scheduled to meet in Washington DC on Friday (24/9) to discuss Indo-Pacific cooperation amid increasing China’s power in the region.
US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting last March, but this is the first time they have met in person.
“The leaders The Quad will focus on strengthening relationships and advancing practical cooperation in areas such as combating COVID-19, tackling the climate crisis, partnering on technology and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. in a statement.
China continues to build military outposts in the region and use them to support claims that it controls the vital sea lane.
The meeting in Washington DC comes just days after the announcement of the cooperation between the United States, Britain and Australia to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
The new deal angered France because it said it had undermined its agreement with Australia to supply the kangaroo nation with diesel-powered submarines. To protest this, France recalled its ambassadors from America and Australia.
China condemned the deal and called it undermining peace in the region. [em/ka]