/ 12 March 2021

The quad squad dials it in

PM Scott Morrison will today join (virtually, of course) US President Joe Biden, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga for the first leader-level talks since the four countries founded the strategic alliance known as the “Quad” in 2007. The Biden administration has been eager to activate the group given China’s influencer ambitions for the region, rubbing the 4 leaders the wrong way. Morrison said the meeting was a step Australia had been “championing for many years“. Top of the agenda is the rollout of vaccines to developing Asia-Pacific nations – a push that could run afoul of China’s plans to make friends by giving away an estimated 500 million COVID vaccine doses to more than 45 countries. Note: India’s also donating vaccines to cement geopolitical relationships. Economic cooperation and the climate crisis will also be up for discussion.

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