Quad 2021 Summit – UPSC GS2

Held Virtually.
Outcomes announced:
  • One Billion Covid vaccines to reach Indo-Pacific countries by the end of 2022.
  • The four Quad countries will make sure emissions reduction based on the Paris accord.
  • They will cooperate on technology supply chains, 5G networks, and biotechnology.
Why are the QUAD members eager for further engagements?
  • USA’s attempt to take back global leader position under Biden leadership.
  • Maritime tensions with China pushing Japan and Australia for deeper ties among Quad members.
  • Strategic benefit for India.
  • Regional cooperation on development projects and financing infrastructure will also get a boost.
Quad is not only about China:
  • USA government is still exploring its relationship with China.
  • China is the biggest trading partner for Japan and Australia.
  • India has its own ties with China. It is having disengagement talks with china over LAC. India also has other multilateral commitments at the BRICS and SCO groupings.
The Quad’s new “summit avatar” has given India yet another string to its bow, broadening India’s interests on its geopolitical horizons even further.

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