The Quad summit that was scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia on May 24, 2023 has been cancelled after US President Joe Biden called off his trip to Australia. Biden cited the need to stay in Washington, D.C. to address the ongoing debt ceiling crisis as the reason for his cancellation.
The Quad summit is a forum for cooperation between the United States, Australia, India, and Japan. The summit was originally scheduled to focus on the ongoing war in Ukraine and its implications for the Indo-Pacific region. However, with Biden’s cancellation, it is unclear whether the summit will still take place or if it will be rescheduled.
The cancellation of the Quad summit is a setback for the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen ties with its allies in the Indo-Pacific region. The summit was seen as an opportunity for the four countries to reaffirm their commitment to working together to promote peace, security, and prosperity in the region.
The cancellation of the Quad summit is also a reminder of the challenges facing the Biden administration. The debt ceiling crisis is a major distraction for the administration and it is unclear how long it will take to resolve. The cancellation of the Quad summit is a sign that the administration is struggling to manage its priorities.
What is Quad Summit?
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD), commonly known as the Quad, is an informal strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan and the United States that is maintained by talks between member countries. The dialogue was initiated in 2007 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the support of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. The dialogue was paralleled by joint military exercises of an unprecedented scale, titled Exercise Malabar.
Since March 2021, member states of the Quad and their leaders have hosted regular “Leaders Summits”, which have been both online and in-person. The summits have aimed to solidify the positions of the Quad and demonstrate the alliances commitment to cooperation.
The Quad is seen as a way for the four countries to cooperate on security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. The region is home to some of the world’s most important shipping lanes, and it is also home to a number of potential flashpoints, such as the South China Sea.
The Quad has been criticized by some for being a “containment” strategy against China. However, the Quad has also been praised for its potential to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Quad summit is an important opportunity for the four countries to discuss their shared security interests in the Indo-Pacific region. The summit is also seen as a way for the four countries to show their commitment to the region and to work together to promote peace and stability.
Here are some of the key outcomes of the last Quad summits:
- The 2021 Quad summit resulted in a joint statement in which the four countries committed to working together to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.
- The 2022 Quad summit resulted in a joint statement in which the four countries committed to working together to address the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and other shared challenges.
- The 2023 Quad summit is expected to focus on the ongoing war in Ukraine and its implications for the Indo-Pacific region.
The Quad summit is a significant development in the Indo-Pacific region. The summit demonstrates the commitment of the four countries to working together to promote peace and stability in the region. The summit also sends a signal to China that the four countries are united in their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.