The leader of the Quad nations namely, India, USA, Australia and Japan met for the first ever in-person quad meeting in the United States. The primary objective of the coalition is to stand as a democratic bulwark against an increasingly assertive China. The Quad meeting that took place on Friday(24/Sept/2021) presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. Beijing criticized the alliance by saying that the group is “doomed to fail”.
“We stand for the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values and territorial integrity of the states,” said the President of the US Joe Biden. China was not mentioned in public remarks made by the four leaders directly. The leaders resorted to make subtle remarks about the assertive and controlling ways of Beijing in the Indo-Pacific.
Other issues addressed at the Quad meeting:
The Quad leaders mentioned the Afghanistan issue at the meeting. Since August 15 this year, Afghanistan has been in a state of turmoil. With humanitarian and economic crisis consistently raging in the country, the leaders of the four nations presented their views. The Quad leaders also debated on COVID-19 pandemic.
The Australian PM Scott Morrison said that the Indo-Pacific must be free from Coercion in accordance with international law.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed that the Indian government is planning to lift vaccine export restrictions. The move might help in maintaining the global supply of vaccine. Modi said that India would permit export of 8 million COVID vaccines by the end of October.
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