'Space, 5G, supply chain': White House official told what big announcements the leaders of QUAD countries will make today
QUAD Summit 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a summit with the leaders of the Quad countries on Friday, the second day of his three-day US tour. Which is going to be hosted by US President Joe Biden. The White House has given important information before this meeting. An official said that the leaders of the Quad countries will discuss issues such as the Indo-Pacific region, the Kovid-19 pandemic and climate change, besides a new working group on space, supply chain initiatives, a 5G deployment and diversification. And will make many big announcements including scholarships of students.
For the first time, leaders of the Quad group will meet face-to-face at the White House. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have also reached America to attend. A senior Biden administration official said the quad leaders are also planning to announce new measures in the areas of vaccine supply and healthcare and infrastructure. Mutual interests and concerns will be discussed between them. On condition of anonymity, the official said that the Quad is a group engaged in advancing areas of mutual interest.
US expanding cooperation with all working groups
“We have several working groups and we are expanding our cooperation with all of them on a daily basis,” the official said. Quad is not a regional security organization. We are going to address specific issues related to the challenges facing the Indo-Pacific in the current environment. Let us tell you that India, America and many other world powers advocate a free and open area amid China's increasing military intervention in the Indo-Pacific. China lays claim to the disputed South China Sea. Apart from this, Taiwan, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim parts of it. China has even built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
Biden wanted to have one-on-one meeting
"President Biden believes that such discussions are often scripted," the White House official said. And he really wanted to sit down and have a deep discussion with all the leaders (QUAD Countries). He wanted to have a conversation in an environment where all the leaders could talk about what was important to each of them. He talked about doubling the effort to deal with the challenges. In 2007, India, Japan, the US and Australia shaped the long-pending proposal to establish the Quad to develop a new strategy to keep important sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence. A virtual meeting of all the leaders was also held this year.