Australia cancels Quad meeting in Sydney after Biden postponement

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese through the AFR Enterprise Summit in Sydney on March 7, 2023.

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated on Wednesday a Quad summit wouldn’t go forward in Sydney subsequent week with out U.S. President Joe Biden, who postponed his journey to Australia as a result of debt ceiling negotiations in Washington.

Albanese stated the leaders of Australia, the USA, India and Japan would as an alternative meet on the G7 in Japan this weekend, after Biden canceled a visit to Sydney on the second leg of his upcoming Asia journey, which was additionally to have included a go to to Papua New Guinea.

“The Quad leaders assembly is not going to be going forward in Sydney subsequent week. We, although will probably be having that dialogue between Quad leaders in Japan,” Albanese advised a information convention.

A bilateral program in Sydney with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi might nonetheless go forward subsequent week, Albanese stated.

Albanese didn’t touch upon whether or not Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida would nonetheless go to Sydney subsequent week.

The Quad is an off-the-cuff group that promotes an open Indo-Pacific. Beijing sees it as an try and push again in opposition to its rising affect within the area.

Asia Society Coverage Institute senior fellow Richard Maude stated the cancellation of Biden’s go to to Papua New Guinea, which might have been the primary go to by an American president to an unbiased Pacific islands nation, might set again Washington’s battle for affect with Beijing within the area.

“The mantra within the area is all about turning up. Turning up is half the battle. China turns up on a regular basis, and so the optics aren’t nice,” Maude, a former Australian intelligence chief, advised a panel dialogue on the Quad on Wednesday.

India and Australia are usually not a part of the G7 group of seven wealthy nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA – however have been invited to attend the summit in Japan.

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