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India Shines at Quad Summit, From Making Covid Vaccines for Indo-Pacific Region to Being Backed on China Row

PM Modi during Quad Summit

PM Modi during Quad Summit

The Quad leaders, including US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, vowed to strive for a 'free, open and inclusive' region unconstrained by "coercion, in an apparent reference to China.

From being ‘sympathetic’ towards Delhi over LAC friction with China to plans of launching mega Covid-19 vaccine initiative in India, the country stood out in the first Quad summit. The country will produce jabs for the Indo-Pacific region with financial assistance from the US and Japan while Australia will contribute in logistical aspects. The Quad leaders also delved into the evolving situation in the Indo-Pacific and vowed to work unitedly for ensuring peace and stability in the region.

“A free and open Indo-Pacific is essential to each of our futures,” US President Joe Biden said in the meeting. In his remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Quad has come of age and its agenda covering areas like vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies makes it a force for global good.

Briefing reporters on the summit, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said it was decided that India’s manufacturing capacity is something that is going to be leveraged to make US vaccines. He said the financing for creation of additional capacities will come from the US and Japan while Australia will contribute to the last mile logistics and delivery issues. Australia will finance countries which are going to receive the vaccines.

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“In today’s context, it is one of the most important initiatives. We are talking about huge investments in creating additional vaccine capacities in India for exports to countries in the Indo-Pacific region for their betterment. We are talking about producing a billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2022,” he said. He said the summit saw Quad leaders adopting a positive agenda focusing on contemporary issues such as vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies.

Shringla said the vaccine initiative is a special one which is designed pro-actively to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among countries in the Indo-Pacific. “India welcomes Quad vaccine initiatives as it recognises our own manufacturing capacities and capabilities,” he said.

Shringla said Friday’s virtual summit has set a benchmark for Quad’s future efforts in the interests of Indo-Pacific region.

Discussion on LAC?

While Shringla said that there were discussions on regional issues but “cannot reveal the details” as they were “confidential”, sources told News18 that all countries had a “sympathetic view towards India” over the LAC friction with China.

The Quad leaders, including US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday vowed to strive for a “free, open and inclusive” region unconstrained by “coercion, in an apparent reference to China which is flexing its military muscles in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. In a joint statement issued after the first Leaders’ Summit of Quadrilateral alliance attended by President Biden, Prime Minister Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the leaders pledged to strengthen cooperation on the “defining challenges of our time.

The Quad leaders, including US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, vowed to strive for a “free, open and inclusive” region unconstrained by “coercion, in an apparent reference to China which is flexing its military muscles in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. In a joint statement issued after the first Leaders’ Summit of Quadrilateral alliance attended by President Biden, Prime Minister Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the leaders pledged to strengthen cooperation on the “defining challenges of our time.