Biden to meet leaders of Australia, India and Japan inorder to counter China

Biden to meet leaders of Australia, India and Japan inorder to counter China

On Friday, The United States President Joe Biden will virtually meet the leaders of Australia, India and Japan to counter China’s growing military and economic power.  The meet will start at 7pm IST and will lay groundwork for an in-person meeting later this year.  

On Friday, The United States President Joe Biden will conduct the first-ever four-way summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison, and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga. The meeting has been organised in order to cement alliances in Asia and Europe as concerns grow over a rising China.

The US is all set to conduct the meeting inorder to strengthen its ties with allies and partners as China has adopted an increasingly assertive foreign policy in Asia and beyond. Biden Administration will consult its allies and review elements of policies towards China.

The meeting comes at a time when all four democracies in quad are witnessing deteriorating relations with China. India, Australia and Japan have all faced security challenges from China. China engaged in a clash with India in the Himalayas and stepped up activity near islands administered by Japan. China also imposed sanctions on Australian products following a series of disputes.

According to the White House, the quad meeting shows the importance that Biden had placed on the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting will focus on measures to fight the pandemic, cooperate on economic growth and the climate crisis.

A senior Biden administration official revealed that the meeting is expected to announce financing agreements to support an increase in manufacturing capacity for coronavirus vaccines in India. New Delhi had earlier urged to counter China’s widening vaccine diplomacy.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will fly to Japan and South Korea for the first meetings between senior officials of the Biden administration and US allies.

Last month, Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping had their first phone call as leaders.  They did not agree on most of the issues.  Chinese President Xi warned that confrontation would be a “disaster” for both the nations.

The Quad was started in 2004 and was later revived under the Trump administration.

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