May 20. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The heads of state and government of Australia, India, Japan and the United States, leaders of the QUAD regional group of nations, have reaffirmed this Saturday during their meeting during the G7 summit in Hiroshima (Japan) their firm commitment to guarantee an Indo-Pacific region “free from coercion and intimidation”, a veiled reference to China.
“Our vision is a region that is peaceful and prosperous, stable and secure, and respectful of sovereignty, free from intimidation and coercion, and where disputes are resolved in accordance with international law,” according to the statement after the meeting between the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Prime Ministers of Japan, Fumio Kishida; India, Narendra Modi and Australia, Anthony Albanese.
The four leaders have promised, Biden has declared, “new initiatives to maintain progress” in the area, “from projects to build secure telecommunications in the Pacific region, to joint efforts between our private sectors to invest in infrastructure and energy projects clean in the region”.
“A good part of the future of the world is going to be decided here,” Biden declared in an area where he has repeatedly expressed his concern over what he considers a Chinese military expansion that has generated numerous territorial tensions, not to mention the sovereign claims of Beijing over Taiwan, world center of microchip technology.
“We seek a region in which all countries and peoples can freely choose how to cooperate and trade on the basis of partnership, equality and mutual respect. We share the belief that participating in an open, transparent and constructive manner creates more opportunities, greater economic vitality and a better understanding of shared challenges, to the benefit of all”, add the QUAD leaders.