Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Japan for a two-day visit at the request of his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, to attend a Quad Leaders conference. The following are the top ten outcomes from the summit:
- Speaking at the second in-person Quad summit on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said the Quad member nations’ mutual trust and dedication is reviving democratic forces. He went on to say that the group’s efforts are promoting a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. “For the Indo-Pacific region, Quad is pursuing a positive agenda.” Quad’s reputation as a ‘force for good’ will be cemented even more as a result,” he added.
- Despite the fact that US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Modi remained silent on the subject. “In such a short period, the Quad has established itself as a major player on the global scene.” The Prime Minister stated that “the scope of Quad has widened and the form has grown more effective.”
- Despite the Covid-19 epidemic, Prime Minister Modi mentioned the Quad nations’ strengthening collaboration. “We have expanded mutual collaboration in several areas such as vaccine distribution, climate action, supply chain resilience, disaster response, and economic cooperation despite the difficult conditions of Covid-19.” “This means guaranteeing Indo-Pacific peace, prosperity, and stability,” he stated.
“The democratic forces are gaining fresh vitality and passion as a result of our mutual trust and dedication.” Our Quad-level collaboration is supporting a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, which is a common goal for all of us,” he continued.
- In his remarks, PM Modi praised Anthony Albanese, the newly-elected Australian Prime Minister, noting that his participation at the summit just 24 hours after taking the oath demonstrated his commitment to the Quad.
- Biden spoke on the Quad’s relevance in reacting to Covid-19, cooperating on supply chains, and other topics, but he spent much of his time talking about the war in Ukraine.
Biden stated, “We are traversing a terrible hour in our shared history.” “Russia’s unwarranted and savage attack on Ukraine has resulted in a humanitarian disaster. And innocent citizens are thrown into the streets, as well as millions of internally displaced and exiled refugees.” The crisis in Ukraine, according to the US President, is more than simply a European concern.
- On Monday, Biden announced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), a project aiming at fostering closer collaboration among like-minded countries in sectors such as sustainable energy, supply-chain resilience, and digital commerce. The IPEF’s launch is anticipated to send a message to the region that the US is committed to pursuing a robust economic policy to oppose China’s aggressive trade approach.
- At the IPEF launch ceremony, PM Modi stated that the IPEF announcement is a proclamation of a joint determination to make the Indo-Pacific region a worldwide economic development engine.
- Kishida began the meeting by greeting the attendees and praising Albanese for attending so soon after his election. The Japanese Prime Minister stressed the need of the Quad leaders meeting to make a “strong commitment” to “a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
- Albanese described it as an honour to be invited to the Quad meetings as one of his first acts as PM. In the face of China’s rising muscle-flexing in the area, the Quad has focused largely on guaranteeing a free and open Indo-Pacific.
- Prime Minister Modi will be in Tokyo till Tuesday, with 23 events scheduled, including talks with the three global leaders. A few CEOs, chairmen, and presidents of firms will meet with the PM on their own time.