All national dallies wrote that the foreign ministers of the United States, Japan, Australia, and India held a teleconference on Thursday, with Yomiuri saying the Quad foreign ministers agreed to deepen cooperation with each other and with ASEAN, Pacific island nations, and Europe in achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific. The four nations also agreed to strongly oppose any attempts to change the status quo by force in the South and East China Seas, and confirmed the need for Myanmar to swiftly return to democratic rule. The foreign ministers also discussed such issues as North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and agreed to regularly meet under the Quad framework.
Asahi wrote that the ministers agreed on the idea of holding a leaders’ summit for the first time, noting that the Biden administration proposed the idea to develop the Quad as a framework to counter China. The paper speculated that the four nations held a Quad foreign ministerial soon after the launch of the Biden administration to demonstrate the U.S. policy of attaching importance to the framework.