The first in-person Quad meeting is likely to take place on the sidelines of the G7 summit which will take place in the United Kingdom from 11-13 June, a report in Wion stated.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who is the chair of the grouping for 2021, has invited India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the G7 summit that is to be held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall in June, the report said.
G7 will be for the first-time leaders of all these countries will be together physically. While the UK could oversee the Quad meet, the US is keen on hosting the first in-person meet as well, the report mentioned.
The Quad has US President Joe Biden, India’s PM Narendra Modi, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga as its members. On March 12, the bloc for the first time met at the leadership level in the virtual format.
The first Quad Leader’s meet saw the announcement of the Quad Covid Vaccine initiative, focussed on the large number of one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses.
The US and Japan will contribute to the funding to expand India’s manufacturing capacity, while Australia would provide the logistical support to strengthen access and ‘last-mile’ vaccine delivery in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Last week’s leadership summit saw a major announcement with the Quad Covid Vaccine initiative, seen as major practical cooperation between the members of the grouping. Basically, American vaccines will be produced by India, financed by the US and Japan, and provided logistical support by Australia. These vaccines will be given to countries in the Indo Pacific, the first being the countries in South East Asia.
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Japan, through JICA, is in discussions to provide concessional yen loans for the Indian govt to expand manufacturing for COVID-19 vaccines for export. The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will work with Hyderabad-based Indian manufacturer Biological E to increase its capacity to produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022.
The statement mentioned prioritizing the “role of international law in the maritime domain, particularly as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)” and “.. to meet challenges to the rules-based maritime order in the East and South China Seas”. China has been known to not only violate UNCLOS but also based on its nine-dash line policy claiming the entire south china sea, much to the dismay of the members of ASEAN grouping.