The leaders of the Quad, a security alliance of the United States, India, Japan, and Australia

pledged on Saturday to uphold peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. 

The leaders met in Hiroshima, Japan, on the sidelines of the G7 summit.  

In a joint statement, they said that they were "committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific region that is inclusive and rules-based." 

The statement also said that the Quad leaders were "concerned about the increasing challenges to the rules-based order in the region 

including the militarization of disputed features, efforts to disrupt other countries' offshore resource 

exploitation activities, and the destabilizing impact of [China's] economic coercion." 

The Quad leaders said that they would work together to address these challenges and to 

promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.