- The scheduling of the first-ever Quad leaders’ summit-level meeting within 50 days of the Biden administration signified the importance the administration places on the Indo-Pacific, the White House said recently.
- President Biden has made this one of his earliest multilateral engagements speaks to the importance we place on close cooperation with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.
- A virtual meeting will take place between U.S. President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.
- The White House is expecting a range of issues to be discussed, including COVID-19, economic cooperation and the climate crisis.
- President Biden had said China was “the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system.”
- Yet, the Biden administration has been careful to portray the Quad as something bigger than a grouping centred around the China challenge.
- Upcoming meeting will showcase the Quad’s ability to pool the capabilities and build habits of cooperation to address some of those urgent challenges we face.
- Quad entity is forged and formed because it shares common interests. Maritime security is, of course, an important one, but the shared interests go well beyond that.
- US said it was important for us to underline in the early days of this administration, our commitment to the Indo-Pacific.
- It is a region that holds tremendous promise for the U.S. Also tremendous challenge.
- US see’s themselves as a Pacific nation and want to be engaged in this region. They want to deepen that engagement and this is an important forum with important partners with whom we share a good deal of interest.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES