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Quad Summit will be held in Japan next year, with Taiwan as the main focus

Quad Summit

Quad is a collection of countries that are positioning themselves as a counterweight to China’s increasing aggression. In September of this year, the four countries’ presidents met in person for the first time in Washington, where they vowed to a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The White House’s Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Friday that Japan has agreed to host a Quad meeting next year, which will be the group’s second in-person meeting. The United States, India, Australia, and Japan make up the four-nation group known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. It’s a group of countries establishing themselves as a counterweight to China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. 

Campbell did not elaborate on the type of Quad summit that Japan would host in 2022 while speaking at an event hosted by the Washington-based research group US Institute of Peace. According to the Japan Times, it might happen as early as next spring.

India is a “vital and crucial” member of the Quad, according to Campbell, and Washington is committed to improving relations with New Delhi. “I’m optimistic about India’s future. I believe we can all agree that India is the Quad’s most important and significant member “At the event, Campbell stated.

He went on to say that India will be a significant fulcrum actor on the world stage in the twenty-first century and that it, together with Vietnam and a few other countries, will define Asia’s future. Speaking of China, a White House official claimed that the US’ increased cooperation with friends is giving Beijing “heartburn,” and Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Joe Biden in a virtual meeting on Monday that Washington’s efforts to strengthen ties with allies reflected Cold War thinking. In the backdrop of increased Chinese pressure on Taiwan, the announcement of the Quad meeting coincided with a State Department declaration that the US will hold a session of economic dialogue with the island. Jose Fernandez, the US undersecretary for economic growth, energy, and the environment, will chair the second US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue on Monday, according to the State Department.

This is part of the United States’ growing engagement with Taiwan, which has enraged Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own. If the Quad summit takes place, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took office in October, would be attending for the first time, and Joe Biden will be making his first visit to Japan as US President, according to Japan Times, which cited sources. In September of this year, the presidents of the four countries met in person for the first time in Washington, where they vowed a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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