WASHINGTON: Joe Biden, who will personally host the September 24 summit of the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia, is the first White House gathering of the “quad” group, the president’s office said Monday.
A White House spokesman said: “The Quad leaders need to deepen our relationship and address issues such as combating Covid 19, tackling the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. I will focus on advancing practical cooperation. ” Jane Sackie said in a statement.
The diplomatic group, which is seen as opposed to China’s growing influence, met with the leaders online in March, and the ministers of the four countries also spoke in person.
The White House meeting is expected to be one of the final international summits for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has decided not to run in the by-elections.
He will be appointed head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on September 29, before the general election in October or November.
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison will also attend the White House Summit.
Japanese media said last week that any talks between the four countries would present the situation in Afghanistan, as well as a united front between the allies ahead of the G20 summit in Rome in October.
Quad grouping is seen as balancing China’s growing economic and military reach in the Asia-Pacific region.