Eyeing China, Quad nations make fresh pitch for free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific

The four leading democracies whose grouping is commonly referred to as Quadrilateral (Quad) at the meeting of their Foreign Ministers in Tokyo on Tuesday affirmed to create free and open Indo-Pacific region and create resilient supply chains sending a strong message to China whose aggressive policies have rattled nations across continents.

At their second meeting since 2019, held in the backdrop of ongoing LAC tensions, the Ministers called for a coordinated response to the challenges including financial problems emanating from the pandemic; need to share best practices to combat Covid-19; increasing the resilience of supply chains; and enhancing access to affordable vaccines, medicines and medical equipment, ET has learnt.

“The Foreign Ministers exchanged views about regional issues of mutual interest, and issues related to connectivity; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; maritime safety and security

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