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ASIA: Quad Summit Provides Opportunity For Informal Bilateral Talks


The second Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) leaders summit will take place in Tokyo, Japan tomorrow. The official schedule is as follows:

    • 09:20 ET 02:20 BST: Quad Leaders 'family photo'
    • 09:30 ET 02:30 BST: Quad Leaders’ Summit with President Biden of the United States, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia begins
    • 11:30 ET 04:30 BST: Quad Leaders launch the ‘Quad Fellowship’
    • 11:45 ET 04:45 BST: Quad Leaders working lunch
  • US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has confirmed that US President Joe Biden will engage in informal bilateral talks with the other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
  • The Quad summit will be the first diplomatic engagement of incoming Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to use the summit to announce a significant increase in the country's defence budget.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely resist calls from President Biden to increase cooperation with the G7 in anti-Russia measures.
  • China has called the Quad the 'pacific NATO' and much of the Quad agenda will be concerned with countering Chinese influence in the region.

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