The leaders of the United States, Japan, Australia and India will meet in Washington on Friday. They plan to discuss cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing Chinese influence in the region, according to Voice of America.
The publication notes that US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga have already met in virtual mode in March. Tomorrow's conversation will be the first personal meeting of the leaders of the four countries.
“The Quad leaders will focus on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation in areas such as the fight against Covid-19 and the climate crisis, partnerships in new technologies and cyberspace, and the development of a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
China is methodically building military outposts in the region, using them to support claims that Beijing controls important sea routes in the region.
The meeting in Washington will take place after the recent announcement of an agreement between the United States, Britain and Australia on the supply of nuclear submarines to Canberra. The announcement of the agreement provoked irritation in France, as Australia terminated the agreement previously concluded with Paris on the supply of diesel submarines. France recalled ambassadors from Washington and Canberra in protest.