China News Service, September 25, according to comprehensive foreign media reports, US President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Modi held the "Quad Security Dialogue" (Quad) at the White House on the 24th local time. In face-to-face talks, it was reiterated that the four countries would strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, and it is expected that progress will be made in cooperation in the areas of new crown vaccine, infrastructure, technology and climate.
This is the first face-to-face meeting after the heads of the four countries held a video meeting in March 2021.
In his opening speech, Biden described that the four "democracies" have come together to cope with challenges from the new crown epidemic to climate, and mentioned that the Quad vaccine plan is expected to produce 1 billion doses of vaccine in India to increase global supply.
Data map: US President Biden.
In addition, according to the White House meeting, the leaders of the four countries will focus on deepening relations at the summit, practical cooperation in emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a "free and open Indo-Pacific region."
The talks will also include strengthening the protection of the smoothness of the semiconductor supply chain.
Biden held bilateral talks with Modi on the morning of the 24th, and the leaders of the four countries held a summit in the afternoon. After the summit, Biden will meet with Yoshihide Suga.
A week ago, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia announced the establishment of a Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS). In particular, the United States and Britain indicated that they will assist Australia in developing nuclear-powered submarines, which has attracted international attention.
However, US officials tried to downplay the issue of regional security, saying: "What I want to emphasize is that Quad is an informal gathering." And saying that it is "not a regional security organization" and has "no connection" with AUKUS.
Data map: Australian Prime Minister Morrison.
Australian Prime Minister Morrison stated that the four countries hope that "the Indo-Pacific region will not be coerced, the sovereignty of the countries in the region will be respected, and disputes between countries can also be handled peacefully in accordance with international law."
Senior US officials said that the meeting focused on discussing plans to provide hundreds of millions of new crown vaccines to Asia by 2022 at the latest.
Previously, the four countries agreed to launch vaccine distribution at a meeting in March, but India restricted vaccine exports due to a domestic outbreak in April, resulting in the suspension of the plan.
India is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer.
Data map: In New Delhi, India, people wear protective masks at the vaccination center, waiting to be vaccinated with the COVISHIELD new crown vaccine produced in India.
India has stated that it is preparing to resume vaccine exports in the fourth quarter and will give priority to the implementation of India’s commitment to the Global Coronary Disease Vaccine Access System (COVAX) in order to be the first to provide vaccines to neighboring countries.
When US Vice President Harris met with Modi, he welcomed India's decision to resume vaccine exports.
As for the meeting between Biden and Yoshihide Suga, US officials said that although Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will step down, Biden still looks forward to this meeting. Views of the political situation.
Yoshihide Suga thanked the United States for lifting the ban on Japanese nuclear food earlier.
The issues of Afghanistan and the Taliban were also discussed at the meeting.Keywords: