Tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to attend the first digital summit of the Quad bloc of countries, which will also include new US President Joe Biden. It’s unclear if they’ll have the exclusive meeting. The two leaders have spoken on the phone twice, the most recent after Mr. Biden’s win, during which they addressed the Quad meeting among other things.
The Quad, which was resurrected in 2017 to address China’s increasing decisiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, also includes Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The leaders are going to discuss the “regional and global issues of shared interest, and exchange views on practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” as per the statements by the government.
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When US President Barack Obama called New Delhi in February, PM Modi and Mr. Biden addressed Quad. The two leaders decided that the Quad grouping should be used to reinforce Indo-Pacific stability.
“The summit will provide an opportunity to exchange views on contemporary challenges such as resilient supply chains, emerging and critical technologies, maritime security, and climate change”. These are the statements made by the India Foreign Ministry. According to India, this summit has many golden opportunities for it to execute the system in a better way.
The continuing attempts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic will also be on the agenda. According to the government, the leaders will “explore opportunities for cooperation in ensuring secure, equal, and affordable vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region.”
In the aftermath of the border conflict with China and the Southeast Asian giant’s violent military actions in the Indo-Pacific and the South China Sea, the four nations reaffirmed the importance of preserving a free, accessible, and inclusive Indo-Pacific at the Quad’s most recent meeting in October.
Mr. Pompeo, the US Secretary of State at the time, had taken a tough stance against China, urging the participating countries to band together against Beijing’s “exploitation, corruption, and repression” in the region.
“The leaders agreed to continue close cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, including support for freedom of navigation, territorial integrity, and a stronger regional architecture through the Quad,” the White House had said in a statement when asked about the Quad.