New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence by saying, ‘The QUAD association, who is thinking about the vaccine for Coronavirus, climate change and newer technology, is maturing now and emerging as power for global betterment.’ US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined the first-ever virtual QUAD meeting. A warning that this association of democracies in the Indo-Pacific region is taking an initiative to dismantle the monopolistic approach of hegemonic China was issued through this meeting.
The QUAD members agreed to make efforts to reach the vaccine for Coronavirus to the countries in the Indo-Pacific region. In other words, these efforts were necessary to stop China from trapping the countries from this region using the vaccine as bait. The Indian Prime Minister said that thinking about the vaccine for Coronavirus, climate change, and newer technologies indicates that the association is maturing without directly referring to it. Prime Minister Modi added that the QUAD members are committed to democratic values and a free, open and all-inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Modi also clarified that the QUAD Cooperation is consistent with the age-old Indian philosophy ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (The entire world is one family).
The Indian Prime Minister expressed confidence that the QUAD countries will work in more unison in the future, and QUAD will become the mainstay of regional stability. US President Joe Biden expressed a wish that the Indo-Pacific sector’s functioning should be within the framework of international regulations. Biden said that the United States would be increasing cooperation with QUAD in the coming times. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that Japan would extend complete cooperation for independent, free, and open Indo-Pacific sectors. At the same time, Prime Minister Suga thanked India, the United States and Australia for the support during the catastrophic earthquake that hit Japan in 2011.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the Indo-Pacific region is the world’s future in the 21st century. Prime Minister Morrison expressed confidence that QUAD, the association of the democratic countries, will bring peace, stability and prosperity to the Indo-Pacific sector. Prime Minister Morrison expressed an expectation that QUAD will include other countries while carrying out work in that direction. Australian Prime Minister said that history has proved that if countries align based on common values, trust and collective optimism, a lot can be achieved.