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Joe Biden to Travel to Japan for Quad Summit and Bilateral Meeting with PM Modi

US President Joe Biden will travel to Japan for his second in-person Quad summit where he will hold bilateral meetings with PM Narendra Modi, his national security adviser (NSA) said on Wednesday.

The Quad, consisting of Australia, India, Japan and the US, is an initiative of the Trump administration that Biden has elevated to leadership. So far, three summits have been held, two of which are virtual.

“We believe this summit will demonstrate in substance and vision what democracy can achieve, and the four nations will work together to defend and preserve the freedoms and principles of an open Indo-Pacific,” the White House press release said.

While in Tokyo, Biden will also launch an ambitious new economic initiative for the region, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a 21st-century economic arrangement designed to address new economic challenges, he said. He said the framework would cover work from setting the rules for the digital economy to ensuring safe and resilient supply chains to managing the energy transition to investing in clean, modern, high-standard infrastructure.

Biden will personally launch the IPEF with the Prime Minister of Japan, and virtually by the leader of some Indo-Pacific partners, from Southeast Asia to Northeast Asia.

“In terms of security and the economy, technology and energy, infrastructure investment, we think this visit will fully demonstrate President Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy and will vividly demonstrate that the US can now lead a free world,” Sullivan said. During the war, chart the course for effective, principled leadership and engagement of the US in a region that will define much of the future of the 21st century.

Before arriving in Japan, Biden plans to travel to South Korea for a summit with South Korean leaders. The message we are trying to convey on this trip is what the world would be like if democracies and open societies of the world came together to set the rules of the road to defining the architecture of world security. Sullivan said the region would strengthen a strong historical alliance.

We believe that a four-day bilateral showcase with South Korea and Japan through the quadrilateral Indo-Pacific economic framework sends a strong message. We believe this information will be everywhere. We think it will be heard in Beijing. But it’s not negative information, and it’s not aimed at any one country, he said.

For audiences around the world, it’s about American leadership, with the support of allies and like-minded partners, can bring to people around the world,” he added. Sullivan added: “We believe this trip is going well and we are well-positioned to meet the security and economic challenges of our time.”

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