Leaders from the United States, Japan, India and Australia held a summit meeting on Friday amid shared concerns about China’s growing power and policies. The meeting aimed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of vaccines, infrastructure and COVID-19 technology.
Beijing is closely following the first face-to-face meeting of the leaders of the four largest democratic countries called the “Quad”, and China has implicitly criticized the summit and called it “inevitable failure”.
At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison said: “We are here together in the Indo-Pacific region, which we always want to be a region free from coercion, where the sovereign rights of all nations are respected and where the differences are resolved peacefully e in compliance with international law “.
US President Joe Biden first met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and then informed bloc partners that the vaccine initiative agreed at the March “Quad” virtual summit is on track to produce. one billion additional doses of vaccines in India to improve the overall offer “.
Modi announced to the group leaders that the initiative would be of great help to the countries of the Indo-Pacific region.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the meeting reflects the strong solidarity of the four countries, as well as “the firm commitment to the region”.
free and open to the Indo-Pacific.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian appeared to criticize Quad when he said in a briefing on Friday: “A closed and exclusive group that targets other countries and swims against the trend of the times and the aspirations of the countries of the region. Find someone to support it and it is doomed to inevitable failure.”
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