US aims for in-person Quad summit in Washington

The White House aims to hold the first in-person summit of leaders from the United States, Japan, Australia and India this autumn in Washington.

The White House National Security Council Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, Kurt Campbell, revealed this plan in an online meeting on Tuesday.

The US administration of President Joe Biden has attached importance to the group known as the Quad, as the countries involved share values such as democracy and the rule of law. The administration sees the Quad as a group that can counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific.

Campbell noted that the distribution of coronavirus vaccines and further cooperation in infrastructure building will be on the agenda.

The first Quad summit was held online in March.

The Biden administration apparently wants to strengthen the framework by hosting an in-person summit at an early date.