16 Mar A giant leap forward for the Quad (The Hindu, GS-2 international relation)
History:- Quad is a group of democracy, Australia, India, USA, Japan.
- Came closer after the 2004 Tsunami in indo-pacific when all quad navies took humanitarian operations.
Current meet among the heads of the states shows the upcoming importance of QUAD.
Five Highlights of Current Summit:-
- “free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion” .
- security challenges” and “the rules-based maritime order in the East and South China Seas”
- aim is to convince the nations of Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Indian Ocean region that the Quad is a benign grouping, committed to solutions for their development and well-being
- establishment of three working groups on vaccine partnership
- climate change
- critical and emerging technologies (such as telecom and biotechnology) and their new standards
- innovation and supply chains
- leaders have agreed to meet in-person later this year
- ASEAN countries cautiously welcomed this summit outcome
Complete denuclearisation of korean peninsula according to the United Nation Security Council mandate.