White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the announcement in a statement on September 13. Accordingly, the first face-to-face meeting between Quad leaders – including President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga – will take place on September 24.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide will arrive in Washington in time for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, where Biden will deliver a speech on September 21.
“The Biden and Harris administrations have elevated the Quad to a priority, as seen through the first virtual leadership meeting in March and this summit will take place,” Psaki said. live”.
US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) at the first online meeting of the “Quad” in March. Photo: EPA
According to Ms. Psaki, the Quad leaders “will focus on deepening the relationship and promoting practical cooperation in areas such as fighting Covid-19, addressing the climate crisis, cooperation on new technologies. floating and cyberspace, as well as promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific”.
A senior US official revealed to Reuters that infrastructure will be one of the many topics discussed at this conference.
In July, Kurt Campbell, the US regional coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, said that this face-to-face summit should offer “decisive” commitments on vaccine diplomacy. – Apply for Covid-19 and infrastructure.
In the past, after promoting a large-scale infrastructure development project in the country, Mr. Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic countries need an infrastructure plan to compete with the US. China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Tensions between Washington and Beijing in the Western Pacific region have recently been linked to US coast and naval officials pledging to increase their presence in the region, rejecting a new Chinese rule requiring Foreign ships entering “Chinese territorial waters” must register ship and cargo information.
According to the sheet South China Morning PostThe Quad conference follows two recent meetings by Biden administration officials with Beijing, including a phone call between the US leader and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr. Xi then told Mr. Biden that relations between the two countries were facing “serious difficulties” due to Washington’s policy towards China.
Another meeting of US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in China in July ended with both sides taking a tough stance.