WASHINGTON: Joe Biden will host the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia for an in-person summit on September 24, the first-ever White Home gathering of the “Quad” grouping, the president’s workplace stated Monday.
“The Quad Leaders will likely be targeted on deepening our ties and advancing sensible cooperation on areas resembling combatting COVID-19, addressing the local weather disaster, partnering on rising applied sciences and our on-line world, and selling a free and open Indo-Pacific,” White Home spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated in an announcement.
The diplomatic grouping, seen as a counter to China’s rising affect, held on-line leaders’ talks in March, and ministers from the 4 nations have additionally held in-person discussions.
The White Home assembly is predicted to be one of many closing worldwide summits for Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has determined to not stand for re-election.
He will likely be changed as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Occasion on September 29 forward of basic elections slated for October or November.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia can even attend the White Home summit.
Any talks between the 4 nations would doubtless contact on the scenario in Afghanistan, in addition to current a united entrance between the allies earlier than a G20 assembly in Rome in October, Japanese media stated final week.
The Quad grouping is seen as a bid to counterbalance China’s rising financial and navy attain within the Asia-Pacific area.