Highlights:

  • Kurt Campbell informed that Japan has agreed to conduct a meeting of the Quad coming year
  • The four-nation group, named the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, involves the United States, India, Australia and Japan
  • Campbell noted that India is a “critical and crucial” member of the Quad

On Friday, the White House’s Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell informed that Japan has agreed to conduct a meeting of the Quad coming year, marking the second in-person meeting of the group.

The four-nation group named the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, involves the United States, India, Australia and Japan. The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is a bloc of countries preparing itself as a check against China’s growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific and outside.

While addressing an event of Washington-based think tank US Institute of Peace, Campbell did not elaborate on the type of Quad meeting to be chaired by Japan in 2022. Nevertheless, a local media publication reported that it could be organized as early as next spring.

Moreover, Campbell noted that India is a “critical and crucial” member of the Quad and that Washington is ascertained to establish relations with New Delhi. He added, “I am very bullish about the future with India. I think we all recognize that the critical, crucial member of the Quad is India.”

In addition, he remarkably hoped that India will be a key fulcrum player on the global stage in the 21st century together with Vietnam and a few others, tops the list of critical countries that will characterize the future of Asia.

Referring to China, the White House official cited that the United States stretched cooperation with partners is triggering China’s “heartburn”. While, on the other hand, Chinese President Xi Jinping clarified to US President Joe Biden in a virtual meeting chaired on Monday that Washington’s work to strengthen ties with allies epitomized Cold war thinking.

The statement about the Quad meeting overlapped with a State Department statement that the US will conduct a session of economic dialogue with Taiwan notwithstanding the increasing pressure on the island from China. The State Department said that the US undersecretary for economic growth, energy and environment, Jose Fernandez, will head the second US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue on Monday. This is a part of surging US engagement with Taipei to the anger of Beijing, which asserts Taiwan as its own.

If the Quad summit occurs, it will be the first time for Prime Minister Fumio Khisda, who took office in October to participate in such a gathering. This will also give the opportunity for Biden to make his first visit to Japan as US President.

The first in-person Quad summit was organized in Washington in September 2021, where leaders of the four countries committed to a “free and open Indo-Pacific”.

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