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Japan to hold Quad summit next year, Taiwan is the focus

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Quad is a group of countries positioning itself as a check against China’s growing aggression. The first in-person Quad summit was held in Washington in September this year, where leaders of the four countries committed to a “free and open Indo-Pacific”.

Japan has agreed to host a meeting of the Quad next year – the second in-person meeting of the group – the White House’s Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Friday. The four-nation group, technically called the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, comprises of the United States, India, Australia and Japan.

It is a bloc of countries positioning itself as a check against China’s growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific and outside.

Speaking at an event of Washington-based think tank US Institute of Peace, Campbell did not explain in detail the type of Quad meeting to be hosted by Japan in 2022. However, Japan Times reported that it could be held as early as next spring.

Campbell also said that India is a “critical and crucial” member of the Quad and that Washington is determined to build relations with New Delhi. “I’m very bullish about the future with India. I think we all recognise that the critical, crucial member in the Quad is India,” Campbell said at the event.

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