Quad has ‘essential momentum & important potential’, will deepen cooperation, US says

The Print | Feb 23, 2021 at 6:03 AM
  • The Biden administration views Quad — an informal grouping of Australia, India, Japan and the US — as having “essential momentum and important potential”.
  • During the third Quad ministerial and the first under Biden administration held virtually on February 18, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi reiterated their common vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
  • Although the US lays no claims to the disputed waters, it has challenged China’s growing territorial claims in the South China Sea by deploying warships and fighter jets to assert freedom of navigation and overflight patrols in the strategically-vital region.