The White House says President Joe Biden will host the first-ever in-person summit of the Quad alliance later this month in Washington.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the announcement in a statement on Monday. She said that Biden is looking forward to welcoming to the White House the leaders of Japan, Australia, and India in person on September 24. Those invited include Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide.
The US government is believed to see the Quad framework of nations as an important counter to China. The statement says, "hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris administration's priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century."
It also says, "the Quad Leaders will be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific."
The Biden administration has elevated Quad meetings from the foreign-ministerial level to the summit level. In March, the first Quad summit was held virtually.