Biden welcomes leading figures from Australia, India and Japan in the quad. Forum

US President Joe Biden is to receive the heads of state and government of the countries that are members of the forum Four-year security dialogue or Quad namely Australia, India and Japan this month.

In the forum, the four parties tried to strengthen cooperation in order to counter the increasingly aggressive stance of China. The meeting will take place at the White House on September 24, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The visit to America by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga coincided with the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

A monitor image showing the heads of state and government of the USA, Australia, India and Japan in a virtual quad forum in March 2021. (Photo: AFP)

President Biden is scheduled to deliver his first speech since taking office on September 21, 2021.

Prior to this, a virtual Quad executives meeting was held in March, and executives pledged to work closely together on COVID-19 vaccine and climate change issues. They also ensure the creation of a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid the challenges posed by Beijing.

“The adoption of quad leaders demonstrates the Biden Harris administration’s priority to engaging the Indo-Pacific, including multilateral configurations, to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Psaki.

President Biden’s Government Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell said last June that the long-planned first face-to-face meeting will result in a firm commitment to vaccine diplomacy and infrastructure.

Biden, who works domestically on spending on infrastructure projects, put a proposal to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in March that democratic countries should have infrastructure plans that compete with projects. Belt and Road Initiative initiated by China.

The project is known to include various projects in different regions from East Asia to Europe.

Psaki said the quad leaders would focus on deepening connections and practical collaboration in areas such as fighting COVID 19, responding to the climate crisis, partnering on new and cyber technologies, and promoting a free and open Advancing the Indo-Pacific. (jm / mg / rs)