QUAD OFFICIALS DISCUSS COOPERATION
Senior officials of the Quad countries ...
The statement from Tokyo noted that the situation in the East and South China Seas was discussed. China has been carrying out belligerent actions directed at Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia in that area. Japan’s statement added that the vision for a “free and open” Indo-Pacific was gaining momentum beyond the region in the post-Covid world.
“This vision has spread in the international community, including ASEAN and Europe,” it said, adding that the officials “reaffirmed the importance of broadening cooperation with more countries for its further achievement”.
Box:August’s meeting followed up the virtual Quad summit of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, YoshihideSugo of Japan and Scott Morrison of Australia, and US President Joe Biden held in March