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U.S. to host first in-person Quad summit on Sept. 24

NHK reported this morning that White House Press Secretary Psaki released a statement on Monday saying that President Biden will host the first-ever Quad Leaders Summit at the White House on Sept. 24. The network said the Biden administration attaches importance to the Quad framework as a way to deal with China, adding that the statement says “hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century.” In addition, the statement says the leaders will be focused on “deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato reportedly told the press this morning that Prime Minister Suga is making arrangements to attend the Quad summit to deepen cooperation among the members and in view of the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship. He reportedly added: “We expect that the leaders will hold candid discussions on the common challenges faced by the region, including promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific and measures against COVID-19.” Meanwhile, when asked by a reporter whether Suga’s visit to the U.S. after the announcement that he will step down could be problematic from the viewpoint of continuity in foreign policy, Kato reportedly responded by saying: “We consider the Quad summit to be extremely important and think it’s important for Prime Minister Suga to build the relationship now for the sake of continuity before his successor takes over.”

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