There is no plan to add new members to the Quartet now, the White House said, stressing that the relatively young group welcomes opportunities to work with a wide range of partner countries in the Indo-Pacific region on issues such as maritime security, infrastructure and climate. changes.
The quadripartite or quadruple security dialogue consists of India and the United States Japan And Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister Narendra Modiand US President Joe Biden – are set to meet in Sydney, Australia for their third in-person summit on May 24, amid China’s aggressive behavior in the strategically important region.
“The Quad was created two years ago. The Quad is still a relatively young partnership. There are no plans for new members at this time,” White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday at her daily briefing.
She said the Quartet members had agreed that for the time being they would focus on strengthening the Quartet’s many strengths.
“However, the Quartet welcomes opportunities to work with a wide range of Indo-Pacific partners, such as through its Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness Partners, which offers state-of-the-art maritime domain awareness technology throughout the region,” she said in response to a question.
The Sydney Summit on May 24 will offer further opportunities for quad partnership across the region on climate, global health, infrastructure and more. The Quartet’s top priority is to ensure that it is well positioned to provide services to the Indo-Pacific region. Therefore, there is no conversation about extension or expansion at this time,” Jean-Pierre said.
In May last year, the Quartet leaders met in Tokyo for the second summit in person. During that summit, President Biden launched the ambitious Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), an initiative aimed at deepening cooperation among like-minded countries in areas such as clean energy, supply chain resilience, and digital trade.
The launch of the IPEF is expected to send a signal that the United States is focused on pushing an aggressive economic policy for the region to counter China’s aggressive strategy on trade in the region.
In March 2021, President Biden hosted the first-ever Quartet Leaders Summit in virtual format followed by an in-person summit in Washington in September.
In November 2017, India, Japan, the United States and Australia put forward a shape to the long-awaited proposal on the creation of the Quartet to develop a new strategy to keep the vital sea routes in the Indo-Pacific region free of influence, amid China’s growing military. Presence in the strategic area.
India, the United States, and many other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific against the backdrop of escalating Chinese military maneuvers in the region.
China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though parts of it are all claimed by Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Beijing has built artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea.


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