The U.S., Japan, India and Australia Quadripartite Security Dialogue Leaders Summit was held today, and White House National Security Advisor Sullivan said after the meeting that the leaders of the four countries made it clear that they have no illusions about China. The talks also promised to provide 1 billion doses of Wuhan pneumonia (CCP virus) vaccine in the Indo-Pacific region by the end of 2022.
A joint statement was issued after the summit, which will set up working groups on the Epidemic, key technologies and climate change to address the challenges, and the four heads of state are also expected to hold a summit at the end of the year. However, the statement did not touch on the issue of China.
The leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the United States, Japan, India and Australia held their first video summit this morning. U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a joint statement after the meeting, and Sullivan later explained the contents of the talks at a regular White House press conference.
Sullivan said the four leaders discussed freedom of navigation and freedom from coercion in the South and East China Seas, North Korea’s nuclear weapons, the coup and violent crackdown in Myanmar, and also talked about competing models of autocracy and democracy. The meeting showed optimism for the future, despite the fact that it is still a difficult Time.
The U.S.-Japan-India-Australia Quadripartite Security Dialogue Leaders Summit was held today. (Photo／Central News Agency)
Sullivan noted that the leaders of the four countries also discussed the challenges from China, and the leaders made it clear that they have no illusions about China. But China is not the fundamental issue today, most of the focus is on urgent global crises, including the climate crisis and 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19, Wuhan pneumonia).
In response to the epidemic, Sullivan said the leaders of the four countries made a major commitment to deliver up to one billion doses of vaccine to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indo-Pacific and other regions by the end of 2022 through Indian manufacturing, U.S. technology, Japanese and U.S. funding, and Australia’s logistics capabilities, the four-nation dialogue promised.
The media asked whether the U.S. side sees cooperation with different countries as increasing the potential cost to the Chinese Communist Party of targeting Taiwan, as Foreign Minister Wu Chiu-sup has expressed a desire to work with the Quadripartite Security Dialogue countries. In response, Sullivan clarified that the Quadripartite Dialogue is not a military alliance, but rather an opportunity to work together as a group and with other countries on fundamental issues such as economics, science and technology, climate, and security. Maritime security, humanitarian disaster relief assistance, regional military cooperation, and freedom of navigation are all on the agenda, not just at the leadership level, but at the working level as well.
However, Sullivan did not respond to whether the issue of Taiwan was mentioned in today’s talks.
According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, the four countries pledged to establish working groups on vaccine experts, critical and emerging technologies, and climate issues to address medical care and vaccines, future international standards and innovative technologies, and climate change, etc. The four countries also pledged that foreign ministers would meet at least once a year. But the statement did not touch on the China issue.