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February 27, 2024
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Quad aims to build secure telecommunications in Indo-Pacific, Biden says at Hiroshima summit

Hiroshima/Japan: During the Quad meeting held on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Hiroshima, United States President Joe Biden expressed his belief that the Quad would bring about significant changes not only in the region but also on a global scale. Biden emphasized the transformative potential of the Quad’s new initiatives, particularly in establishing secure telecommunications in the Indo-Pacific region.

In his opening remarks, President Biden stated, “From 20-30 years from now, people will look back at the Quad and say that it changed the dynamics, not only of the region but of the world. Our mission remains the same – to advance our vision of a free, open, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.” He highlighted the capacity of democracies to deliver on a shared vision and expressed confidence in the Quad’s future impact.

Acknowledging the progress made in the last two years, President Biden revealed that the Quad is launching new initiatives to sustain and build upon the existing momentum. These initiatives aim to enhance cooperation in areas such as secure telecommunications and strengthening submarine cables in the Pacific region.

President Biden also shared an endorsement from one of the ASEAN group counterparts, who referred to the Quad as a “very good idea.” Recognizing the significance of the Indo-Pacific, he stated, “I think a great deal of the future of our world is going to be written here in the Indo-Pacific. Together, we will continue to ensure that the future provides more opportunity, prosperity, and stability.”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese affirmed the Quad’s commitment to an open, stable, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. He emphasized the importance of respecting sovereignty and fostering regional balance to maintain peace. Albanese underscored the significance of regional institutions such as ASEAN, the Pacific Island Forum, and the Indian Ocean RIM Association in the Quad’s approach.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, participating in the Quad Summit, emphasized the group’s role as an important platform for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. He recognized the Indo-Pacific region as a global engine for trade, innovation, and development. Modi reiterated the Quad’s focus on shared democratic values and highlighted ongoing efforts in strategic technologies, reliable supply chains, health security, maritime security, counter-terrorism, and constructive partnerships.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized the importance of listening to the voices of regional countries, including ASEAN, South Asia, and Pacific island states. He stressed the need for practical cooperation that delivers tangible benefits to the region, positioning the Quad as a force for good.

The Quad Summit highlighted the shared commitment of its member countries to shaping a future that prioritizes peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. Through their collaborative efforts, the Quad aims to address key challenges and leverage opportunities for the benefit of all nations involved.

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