us President, Joe BidenThe prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia continue to move chips across the Indo-Pacific, achieving this Friday, 24, after the Prime Ministers of India, Japan and Australia announced a spectacular military alliance in the Indo-Pacific region last week. United States, Australia and United Kingdom.
Biden, which seeks to curb China’s growing influence, intends to revive the “quadruple security talks”.
It was also called the “Quad” after the devastating 2004 tsunami and was formally drawn up in 2007, but has long been dormant.
After a virtual summit in March, Biden revisits it personally and on a high level.
Guests are Scott Morrison (Australia), with whom Biden already met in person this week, Narendra Modi (India) and Yoshihide Suga (Japan), with whom Biden also held bilateral talks this Friday.
With the Indian Prime Minister in the Oval Office, Biden described the day’s program: “Today we’re going to talk about what else we can do to fight Covid-19, address climate challenges and can ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific.
“Turn to Asia”
when reactivating “quad”, Biden is somehow pursuing the “Asia shift” of US foreign policy, a goal cherished by former President Barack Obama (2009–2017).
But following the announcement of the Occus, as the agreement with the UK and Australia became known – and its contract for nuclear-powered submarines that angered France – was in the light of Washington’s consensus to introduce the “quad”. wants.
Senior White House officials told reporters that it is an “informal” and “intimate” center designed to “develop better channels of communication”.
There is no “military” objective, he insisted that the “Quad” would be “complementary” to other regional initiatives, in response to a question about its articulation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Some members of the organization, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, fear that US aggression in the region will increase with China.
Semiconductors, Vaccines and Weather
According to senior officials, the forecast is that the “quad” this Friday will mainly focus on economic and environmental projects and tackling the pandemic.
The four partners want to launch an initiative to protect the supply of semiconductors, electronic components essential to both washing machines and airplanes or smartphones, which industries around the world have struggled to achieve.
They also plan to talk about technology 5G, cyber security, university exchanges, space projects, fisheries and vaccines.
“For Washington, the challenge is to overcome the security paradigm and improve the economic position of the United States in Southeast Asia,” said Jonathan Stromseth, an expert in the field, in a note published by the Brookings Institution.
Stromseth said the effort to revive the “quad” is “symbolic” of the Biden administration’s approach to China, presented as competitive when needed, cooperative when possible and confrontational when necessary.
The Democratic president maintains a hard line toward China like his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, but handles the confrontation with Beijing in a different way.
Biden, trying to defuse a face-off between the two superpowers, hopes to re-energize the coalition game and encourage the United States’ traditional partners to take a clearer stance against China.
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