America is seeking face-to-face meetings with Quad group partners Australia, India and Japan this fall with a focus on infrastructure. President Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy coordinator Kurt Campbell said that Wednesday.
Other countries, said Campbell, would be welcomed if they would cooperate with the Quad, which organized a virtual summit last March. He promised to work closely together on the distribution of the COVID 19 vaccine, climate issues and security.
“I think we’d like to host a face-to-face Quad and look forward to having a similar meeting around infrastructure,” said Campbell at a virtual conference hosted by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center.
“And I want to underline, this is not a cool club. If any other country thinks they want to engage and cooperate with us, the door opens as we move forward, ”said Campbell.
The Quad summit in March was carefully designed to counter China’s growing influence. Biden and Quad leaders pledged to work together to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific amid challenges from Beijing. [jm/ka]