On Tuesday, Joe Biden, the President of the United States, started his last day in Asia by holding meetings with a trio of Indo-Pacific leaders such as the newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian PM Narendra Modi. However, the U.S. has differences with the Modi over how to respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The US President, Indian PM, & Japanese President greeted Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia, at the QUAD Summit and respected his determination to join the informal security dialogue quickly after assuming office on 23rd May this year. pic.twitter.com/tc1QEqAIOq
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The U.S. president, Indian prime minister, and Japanese launched the Quad summit by welcoming the Australian leader to the club and expressing awe at the determination of the Albanese to join the unofficial security coalition by rushing to Japan. Biden will meet separately with the Australian prime minister and Modi after the group’s four-way meeting, such as Quad.
Moreover, the partnership has increasingly become relevant as the United States president moved to adjust American foreign policy to focus on the region and counter Chinese influence in the region as an economic and security power. On Monday, Biden held bilateral dialogs with conference host Kishida.
Biden Opposed Indian Buying of Russian Oil
President Biden asked Prime Minister Modi not to accelerate the Russian oil import as the United States, and other partners look to squeeze the energy income of Russia. Modi made no public commitment to cut off or stop Russian oil imports. The U.S. president publicly referred to India as slightly shaky in responding to the Ukraine attack.
Biden said that the unprovoked and brutal invasion of Moscow against Ukraine triggered a humanitarian crisis as Russian troops killed innocent civilians in the streets and millions of evacuees were displaced internally. Further, he added that it is a global issue, not only a European issue. Both leaders spoke about the Russian aggression during a virtual March summit of Quad leaders.
Last month, both leaders had a short video talk when U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with their Indian counterparts in Washington. Modi and Biden avoided public confrontation over how to respond to the Russian invasion. But the issue remains a major one as the United States, and its allies are planning to squeeze the Russian leader.
Last year, Quad leaders vowed to donate around 1.2 billion Coronavirus vaccine doses internationally. However, the senior U.S. administration official said that the group so far denoted only 257 million shots. Later today, President Biden will meet with Albanese. They talked in the telephonic conversation after the Labor Party leader defeated Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.