PM to take part in Quad Summit at white House on Sept. 24
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend Quad summit which U.S. President Joe Biden would host first-ever in-person on September 24. It will also be attended Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga, the White House announced on Monday, September 13, 2021.
The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the four leaders would have a talk on strengthening their ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas like combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis and foster a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In March, President Biden hosted the first-ever summit of the Quad leaders in the virtual format that promised to strive for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, anchored by democratic values, and unrestrained by coercion, sending a subtle message to China.
Ms. Psaki said that , President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will hold the first-ever Quad Leaders Summit at the White House on September 24. President Biden is awaiting to welcome the White House Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.
The Biden-Harris administration has made promoting the Quad a priority, as seen through the first-ever Quad Leaders-level engagement in March, which was virtual, and now this Summit, which will be held on 24 september.
The Quad summit will be held amidst China's aggressive behaviour in the resource-rich South China Sea.
Beijing affirms almost all of the 1.3 million square mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been constructing military bases on artificial islands in the region also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
In November 2017, India, Japan, the US and Australia gave shape to the impending programme of setting up the Quad to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any power.