Prime Minister Suga, who is visiting the United States, will attend a summit meeting called Quad on the 25th of Japan time, consisting of Japan, the United States, Australia, and India.

As China intensifies its supremacy, we would like to confirm the cooperation of the four countries toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Prime Minister Suga arrived at an air force base on the outskirts of Washington, DC, on a government plane on the morning of the 24th of Japan time, and held a summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi at his hotel.

In this, the two leaders agreed to strongly oppose economic intimidation and unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East China Sea and South China Sea, with China in mind.

On the 25th of Japan time, Prime Minister Suga will attend the first meeting of four countries with Quad-US, Australia and India.

At the meeting, as China strengthened its supremacy, it confirmed cooperation for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, important technologies such as new coronavirus countermeasures, high-speed and large-capacity 5G, and climate change countermeasures. It is expected that a joint statement will be compiled that incorporates the results of the discussions.

The meeting will also discuss cooperation on quality infrastructure, ocean security, cyber security, etc., responding to Afghanistan, where the Islamist Taliban has regained power, and ballistic missiles by North Korea. It seems that opinions will be exchanged over the launch of the Taliban.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato "Frank discussions between leaders"

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, "This meeting confirms the realization of a'free and open Indo-Pacific'and a strong commitment to four-country cooperation for that purpose by the four countries of Japan, the United States, Australia and India. I think it will be a good opportunity. "

On that basis, "Japan intends to hold frank discussions among the leaders on common issues facing the region, such as measures for the new corona. We will seize various opportunities, including this meeting, and work with more countries. We will aim to realize a "free and open Indo-Pacific" while further deepening our cooperation. "