WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance known as “the Quad” on Friday.
This meeting will conclude a difficult week of diplomacy, in which Biden was subject to harsh criticism from both his allies and foes.
Biden’s meeting with leaders from India, Japan and Australia at the White House gives the U.S. president a chance to put the spotlight on a central aim of his foreign policy.
He wants to focus greater attention on the Pacific in the face of what the U.S. sees as China’s coercive economic practices and unsettling military maneuvering in the region.
According to The Associated Press on Friday, leaders will announce a COVID-19 vaccination initiative, plans for bolstering supply chains, and a program that will bring doctoral and graduate students in STEM fields to U.S. Universities.
Biden will meet with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide at the White House Friday at 2 p.m.