President Joe Biden is scheduled to host his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia at the White House on Friday, as the four “quadrilateral” countries aim to work together to counter China’s growing power.
The private meeting of top officials is the “first-ever Quartet Summit” and it demonstrates the Biden administration’s “priority to participate in the Indo-Pacific region with new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.” White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said in a statement earlier this month.
Biden will focus on issues such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on “Covid-1 combat, climate crisis co-operation, partnership in emerging technology and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open India.” Psyche added. In March, practically a quarter of the meeting took place.
Prior to the meeting, some analysts said the Biden administration needed to do better to explain its overall goals with China.
“Although President Biden is clear that his top foreign policy priority is China, his lack is a clear strategy for the two countries to succeed in the competition,” analysts at Beacon Policy Advisor said earlier this week.
“The Biden administration has set a number of broad goals for the relationship, such as seeking cooperation on climate change, cracking down on human rights abuses, and winning technology competition with China, but these have not yet been integrated.”
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Biden had one-on-one meetings with Morrison on Tuesday and was scheduled to have similar bilateral meetings with Modi and Sugar on Friday.