The quad is moving forward with a constructive agenda for Indo-Pacific: Prime Minister Modi

Mutual trust and determination among the quad member countries is giving new impetus to democratic forces and encouraging a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the second private summit of the four-nation grouping here on Tuesday. .

The Prime Minister said that the Quad was moving forward with a constructive agenda for Indo-Pacific which would further strengthen the image of “Energy for Good”. Modi made the remarks in the presence of US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

In his inaugural address at the summit, Prime Minister Modi said that the quad has gained a significant place on the world stage in a short span of time. “We have increased coordination in the areas of vaccine supply, climate action, supply chain resilience, disaster response, economic cooperation and the adverse effects of the Covid-19 epidemic,” he said. He said cooperation between the Quad countries in various fields is contributing to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The summit comes at a time when relations between China and Quad member states have become strained over the past few years, with Beijing challenging growing democratic values ​​and resorting to forced trade practices.

In line with its long-term vision for the region, Biden on Monday launched the ambitious Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), an initiative aimed at deepening cooperation between like-minded countries in areas such as clean energy and supply. Chain resilience and digital commerce.

The IPEF rollout is expected to send a signal that the United States is focusing on pursuing a stronger economic policy for the region in response to China’s aggressive trade strategy in the region.

Attending the launch of the IPEF, Prime Minister Modi said that the announcement of the IPEF was a declaration of the collective will to build the Indo-Pacific region as an engine of global economic growth.
The Prime Minister also called for finding common and creative solutions to the economic challenges of the Indo-Pacific region.

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