U.S. President Joe Biden said today that the quad “is not just a passing fad but means business,” emphasizing that the four leaders of the grouping are here to do something for the region and are proud of what they are doing together.
Speaking at the second private meeting of quad leaders, President Biden attacked Russia for invading Ukraine, saying it was trying to extinguish a culture.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albaniz attended the second private meeting of quad leaders in Tokyo where they exchanged views on Indo-Pacific region and global development. Matters of mutual interest.
Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Joe Biden Summit, he said, “I am very happy to see you again in person.”
“We share the same goal of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific that will bring greater prosperity and greater opportunities for all our children. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you and strengthening economic cooperation for inclusive growth. President Biden said in his inaugural address.
“We have shown that the quad is not just a passing fad, we mean business. We are here to do things for the region, and I am proud of what we are building together and I look forward to our significant partnership. Progressive and for many years to come.” President Biden says.
He says Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to extinguish a culture. This is more of a European problem. This is a global problem.
On the issue of global food security in the wake of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine, one of the major exporters of wheat, the US President has said that the global food crisis could worsen if Russia prevents Ukraine from exporting its grain.
“As long as Russia continues to fight Ukraine, the United States will work with its partners,” President Biden promised.
Speaking at the Quad Summit, Albanese, Australia’s newly elected Prime Minister, said his government was committed to working with Quad countries.
“My government prioritizes building a more resilient Indo-Pacific region,” said Albanese, who was sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister on Monday.
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, who received all the quad leaders before the summit here, said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine challenged the principles enshrined in the UN Charter.
The summit is being held in the shadow of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
It also comes at a time when relations between China and Quad member states have become strained, with Beijing challenging growing democratic values and resorting to forced trade practices.
India, the United States and several other world powers are talking about the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific against the backdrop of China’s growing military presence in the region.
China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim part of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
On the eve of the summit, Biden on Monday launched the ambitious Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), an initiative aimed at deepening cooperation between like-minded countries in areas such as clean energy, supply-chain resilience and digital. Trade
The IPEF rollout is expected to send a signal that the United States is focusing on pursuing a stronger economic policy for the region in response to China’s aggressive trade strategy in the region.
In March last year, President Biden hosted the first summit of quad leaders in a virtual format, followed by a private summit in Washington in September. The quad leaders also held a virtual meeting in March.
In November 2017, India, Japan, the United States and Australia formulated a long-term proposal to establish a quad to form a new strategy to keep important Indo-Pacific sea routes unaffected by China’s growing military presence. Presence in strategic areas.
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