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.