The leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States will convene in Sydney on May 24, 2023, for the third in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit, according to a statement by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. This will mark the first time that Australia will host the Quad Leaders’ Summit.
Albanese expressed his honor to host the event and highlighted the Quad’s commitment to supporting an open, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region that respects sovereignty and ensures security and growth for all. The leaders are expected to discuss how the Quad can work alongside partners and regional groupings, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Pacific Islands Forum, to strengthen cooperation and shape the region.
In addition to Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be in attendance at the Quad Leaders’ Summit. The White House confirmed the event in a statement dated April 25.
The Quad is an informal grouping formed by Washington and composed of India, Japan, the US, and Australia, aimed at working as a potential bulwark against China’s growing political, commercial, and military activities in the Indo-Pacific. However, China perceives the Quad as an attempt to push back against its increasing influence in the region.
Before the Quad Leaders’ Summit, President Biden is set to attend the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Japan’s Hiroshima from May 19 to May 21. The meeting in Sydney will likely generate significant attention from the international community as the Quad continues to emerge as a vital force in the Indo-Pacific region.