WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will host Friday’s first in-person meeting of leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance, known as “the Quad.”
The meeting will conclude a week of intense diplomacy that saw him facing criticism from both his allies as well as his adversaries.
Biden’s White House meeting with leaders from Australia, Japan, and India will give the US president the opportunity to highlight a key goal of his foreign policies.
Due to China’s coercive economy practices and troubling military maneuvers within the region, Biden would like to focus more on the Pacific.
According to The Associated Press officials are expected to announce Friday a COVID-19 initiative to strengthen supply chains. They also plan to launch a program to bring STEM-related graduate and doctoral students to US universities.
Biden will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide at the White House on Friday at 2 p.m.