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Thursday, May 27, 2021, 11:15
US says looking at Quad meeting in fall focused on infrastructure
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Thursday, May 27, 2021, 11:15 By Agencies

A monitor displaying a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden (top left), Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (bottom left), Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (top right) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting, at Suga's official residence in Tokyo on March 12, 2021. (KIYOSHI OTA / POOL / AFP)

WASHINGTON -The United States is looking to convene an in-person fall summit of leaders of the Quad countries - Australia, India and Japan - with a focus on infrastructure, President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy coordinator said on Wednesday.

Kurt Campbell said other countries were welcome to work with the Quad, which held a first virtual summit in March and pledged to work closely on COVID-19 vaccines, climate and security.

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We want to look this fall to convene an in-person Quad and the hope will be to make a similar kind of engagement on infrastructure more generally.

 Kurt Campbell, US President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy coordinator

“We want to look this fall to convene an in-person Quad and the hope will be to make a similar kind of engagement on infrastructure more generally,” Campbell told an online event hosted by Stanford University.

“And I do want to underscore ... this is not a fancy club. If there are other countries that believe that they’d like to engage and work with us, the door will be open as we go forward,” Campbell said.

A White House official said it had yet to be decided where or exactly when the summit would be held.

Campbell said it was important for the United States to have a “positive economic vision of what it wants to contribute, what it wants to engage on in Asia.”

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“We can do everything right in Asia, but without an economic strategy, it’s hard to be successful. That’s what Asians are looking for as we go forward ... we’re ambitious about the Quad.”

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