White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that ‘President Joe Biden discussed the challenges posed by China with the leaders of India, Japan and Australia at the first meeting of the Quad countries’.
Jake told the press that this virtual meeting was not focused on China, but it also discussed the East and South China Sea.
In the eyes of the United States, this group named Quod has been created to counter China’s growing military and economic power in the Indo-Pacific region. Along with this, increasing mutual cooperation will be the main objective of this group.
It has been told that in the first meeting on Friday, the leaders of America, Japan, India and Australia talked about working together against covid-19. Also, environmental and safety issues were also made part of the dialogue.
After the first meeting, these so-called Quad countries said in a joint statement, “We are trying to create an area that is independent, open, inclusive, healthy, democratic, and which is strongly influenced by ‘force’.”
It has been reported that there has been talk of forming a partnership related to the covid vaccine in the four countries, whose aim will be to speed up the delivery of the covid vaccine, so that the corona epidemic can be brought under control as soon as possible. It has been claimed that this partnership will help the countries located in the Indo-Pacific region.
The White House has said that by the end of 2022, the US will fund Indian pharmaceutical manufacturer Biological E Ltd to produce at least one billion doses of the covid vaccine, to increase its capacity.
Apart from this, Japan is also talking about giving concessional loans to India, so that India can make and export as many vaccines as possible.
The statement also said that the Quad countries have formed a working group to deal with climate-related issues, so that the Paris Climate Agreement can be vigorously complied with.
In the coming time, this group will also issue a statement about the diversification of technology, telecommunications and equipment suppliers among these countries.