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Tokyo satisfied with Quad summit  

  • March 13, 2021
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All national papers wrote that the GOJ was extremely pleased with the outcome of the Quad leaders’ summit, with an unnamed high-ranking MOFA official calling it a “historic accomplishment.” Although Prime Minister Suga said during the session that Tokyo has “serious concerns” about and is “strongly opposed” to China’s new coast guard law, such wording was not included in the joint statement. Still, the Japanese side was pleased that the Quad format has now been firmly established. “The convening of the four leaders in and of itself serves as a more powerful message to China than criticizing it by name or using strong language,” a senior Japanese diplomat said. Suga told the press after the teleconference that the four-party framework has now “entered a new phase.” A Japanese diplomatic expert praised the U.S. and Japan for successfully making the quadrilateral summit a venue in which the Indians could take part with little hesitation.  

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