U.S. President Joe Biden is looking forward to negotiating with his counterparts in Australia, India and Japan in the Indo-Pacific region as soon as possible, according to a senior administration official.
Quad consists of Japan, India, Australia and the United States. The four countries in 2017 gave the state a long-awaited proposal to establish a “Quad” or Quadrilateral coalition to fight China’s violence in the Indo-Pacific region.
A senior officer told that the President Biden has had the first warm and productive talks with his colleagues in Australia, India, and Japan, and looks forward to meeting directly with their Indo-Pacific partners as soon as possible.
Less than 50 days after being sworn in as United States President, Biden and his superiors, including Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor (NSA) .
Quad leaders were among the top ten calls from Biden and world leaders. He addressed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on January 27, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on February 3 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 8. The Indo-Pacific region has been successful in those calls.
The informal collection of Australia, India, Japan and the US is called Quad, a format that is heavily pressured by Biden management.
Quad has already held its first foreign minister meeting. Japanese media reported last month that the Quad conference was in progress.
Both the White House and the country department have declined to comment on any Quad-draft conference so far. The Pentagon last month said it supported such a meeting of its leaders.
The news website Axios, quoting people familiar with the matter, reported on Thursday that Biden was planning to meet this month with leaders from Japan, Australia and India at a summit called Quad.
He said that by putting the Quad meeting in the presidential plan, the White House demonstrates the importance of cooperation and agreements to combat China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Assistant Secretary-General for East Asia and the Pacific Sung Kim, in a speech at the 27th US-Japan Security Conference on Wednesday, said the United States and Japan were also cooperating with India and Australia through Quad.
He said that the Secretary Blinken and the other Quad’s foreign ministers met on 18th February had pledged to meet at least annually at Ministerial level, and always at the highest levels and in the workforce, to strengthen cooperation in developing the free Indo-Pacific region.
During Quad’s tenure on February 18, top strategists from four countries discussed the fight against illegal information, the fight against terrorism, maritime security, the urgent need to restore a democratically elected government in Burma, and the prioritization of a strong regional democracy.
Participants also reaffirmed their support for the joint venture of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (Asean).
The state department said in a statement that they reaffirm their commitment to the Quad summit at least annually at Ministerial level and at the highest levels and work to strengthen cooperation in advancing the open and open space of the Indo-Pacific, including support for freedom of movement and local integrity.