World The leaders of the "quad" plead for an Indo-Pacific region

14:55  25 september  2021
14:55  25 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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USA-quad: the leaders of the "quad" plead for an Indo-Pacific region

LES DIRIGEANTS DU © Reuters / Evelyn Hockstein the leaders of the "quad" plead for An Indo-Pacific Region

by Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom, Nandita Bose and Michael Martina

Washington (Reuters) - The leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia promised Friday to work At a free and open indo-peacecuistic region "not subject to constraint" on the occasion of their first in person summit where they presented a united front and shared their concerns about China.

The two-hour meeting at the White House of the countries of the quadrilateral safety dialogue ("quad") is closely monitored by China that felt that this alliance was "dedicated to failure".

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"We defend the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overview, the peaceful resolution of conflicts, democratic values ​​and the territorial integrity of States", declare US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a common statement broadcast after the meeting.

Even if China has not been mentioned in the official statements of the four leaders and in their long communiqué common, Beijing was in all spirits.

The communiqué repeats the insistence of leaders as to the respect of the rules in a region where China seeks to show its muscles.

"Together, we undertake again to promote a free order, open, based on rules, anchored in international law and not subject to coercion, to enhance the safety and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific area and Beyond, "they said.

At the end of the meeting, Yoshihide Suga told the press that countries had agreed to cooperate on vaccines, clean energy and space. They agreed to meet each year.

(French version Gwénaëlle Barzic)

Honey rather than vinegar: How the Quad is trying to win over the Indo-Pacific .
Quad initiatives are designed to present more compelling alternatives to Chinese models and claw back some influence in the Indo-Pacific. Take the Quad COVID vaccine pledge. It seeks to provide alternatives to the lower-efficacy Chinese vaccines on the market. The Quad infrastructure co-ordination group emphasises quality, transparency, and sustainability to compete with China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, accused of poor quality and corruption.

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