Suga arrives in US for first in-person Quad summit

Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has arrived in the United States to attend a four-way meeting with the leaders of the US, Australia and India. It will be the first in-person summit of the Quad alliance.

A Japanese government plane carrying Suga landed at an airbase in a Washington suburb on Thursday, EDT.

He will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before taking part in the Quad summit at the White House on Friday.

Suga intends to reaffirm the importance of cooperation among the four nations, which share basic values, in realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid China's growing controversial maritime activities.

Suga hopes that the four nations will also agree to increase cooperation in other aspects, such as fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines to developing countries and other anti-virus measures.

He also wants greater Quad collaboration over ultra-fast, large-volume 5G communications networks, advanced biotechnology and other important technologies, as well as measures against climate change.

Arrangements are underway for Suga to hold separate bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his stay.