The USA, Japan, Australia and India at the first virtual meeting of the heads of the countries of the Quadripartite Security Dialogue (QUAD) declared their intention to work to ensure security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The corresponding statement on Friday, March 12, was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the summit.
“We are united by democratic values and a commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Our agenda today, which includes areas such as vaccines, climate change and the latest technology, makes the Quartet a force for global good, “- follows from Modi’s speech, the entry was published in his Twitter-account.
During the summit, the participating countries agreed on a plan to expand production of COVID-19 vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region. According to the Deputy Foreign Minister of India Harsh Vardhan Sringla, the countries agreed to attract financial resources, production capacity and material and technical means to expand the production and distribution of vaccines as part of the plan.
The Quadripartite Security Dialogue between the United States, Australia, India and Japan, later called QUAD, emerged in 2007. However, over the past 10 years, it has practically not been implemented. With the arrival in the White House at that time of US President Donald Trump, who exacerbated the confrontation with China and from which the region began to be called Indo-Pacific, the conversations around QUAD intensified.
Trump’s replacement Joseph Biden said in March 2021 that the United States would no longer be involved in “eternal wars” abroad.
At the same time, according to his statement, the presence of the US military in the European and Indo-Pacific region will be more serious, since Washington plans to “contain opponents and defend its interests by working with partners.”