U.S. President Joe Biden will be hosting leaders of the “Quad” countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – for a first ever in-person summit next week, Reuters Agency has reported.
A senior official revealed this to Reuters on Monday and said that the summit will hold at the White House on September 24, the period of the United Nations’ 76th General Assembly will be holding.
The prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan – Scott Morrison, Narendra Modi and Yoshihide Suga – are expected in the United States next week to attend the UN General Assembly in New York from 21st to 27th.
The Quad countries are a group that seek to enhance cooperation in the face of China’s growing power.
Earlier in March, the leaders held a virtual session, where they pledged to work closely on COVID-19 vaccines and climate and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific in the face of challenges from Beijing.
“Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” the senior administration official told Reuters.
The official added that the Quad Leaders would “be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combating COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The Quad meeting comes as Biden seek to divert resources and attention to tackling China-related issues after a battered image from the chaotic withdrawal form Afghanistan 20 years war.
As he pushes for big infrastructure spending at home, the U.S president is also advocating for a united alliance on the world stage. In March, he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, which involves projects from East Asia to Europe.