With an eye on China, the leaders of India, the US, Japan and Australia held their first-ever in-person summit of the Quad grouping in Washington DC on Saturday, asserting the need for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Opening the summit, US President Joe Biden announced a Quad Fellowship for students from the countries in STEM subjects.
“Today, we are also launching a new Quad fellowship for students from each of our Quad countries to pursue advanced degrees in leading stem programmes here in the United States, representing an investment in the leaders, innovators & pioneers of tomorrow,” Joe Biden said.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the summit as “historic” and a “force for global good”, adding the four democracies “are working in the interest of humanity.”
“Our four nations met for the first time after the 2004 Tsunami to help the Indo-Pacific region. Today, when the world is fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come here once again as Quad for the welfare of humanity.”
“On the basis of our common democratic values, Quad has decided to move ahead with positive thought and approach. I would be happy to discuss supply chain or global security, climate action or Covid response or cooperation in technology with Quad members,” he said.