US President Joe Biden is all set to host the first ever in-person Quad summit on September 24. This summit will be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The White House disclosed that the four leaders will discuss advancing practical cooperation on how to combat Covid-19, deepening of their ties and the climate crisis. Earlier in March US President Biden hosted the first-ever virtual summit and vowed to strive for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, anchored with democratic values and unconstrained by coercion.
The US administration has made elevating the Quad a priority and is including new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century according to the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. This summit will take place amidst China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea.
The proposal of setting up the Quad was made by India, US, Japan and Australia in November 2017 to develop new strategies to keep critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence.