This will be the first time negotiations have been held between the four-member heads of state and comes as the four countries see China increasing tensions on the issue.
“It has been confirmed that the Quad meeting will take place very soon, likely on Friday,” the source said.
The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal strategic forum for the four countries involved and has semi-regular summits and information exchanges.
But the meeting never had four heads of state, current US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Rendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
While not an official military alliance like NATO, Quad is seen as a potential counterweight to Chinese influence and alleged aggression in the Asia-Pacific region. The arrangement has been condemned by Beijing as an anti-Chinese group.
Morrison previewed the talks at a press conference last week.
“Quad is the center of the United States and our thoughts are about the region,” Morrison said.
“This will become a nature of participation in the Indo-Pacific, but it will not be a large bureaucracy with a large secretariat and these will lead four countries, working together creatively for peace, prosperity and Indo-Pacific security is good for everyone in the Indo-Pacific, ”said the Australian Prime Minister.
Military joint training
In the military segment of the Quad, cooperation has been enhanced in recent years through bilateral agreements between the Quad Alliance and joint military exercises.
In November, Australia participated in annual malabar drills with the US, Japan and India. Operated annually since 1992, the maneuver has increased in size and complexity over the past few years to address what the U.S. Navy had previously described as. “A shared threat to maritime security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific”
Australia’s involvement means that all four members of the Quad have taken part in the practice for the first time since 2007.
All four saw turbulent relations with China in the past few years.
Indian and Chinese forces took part in a military clash along the true control line – the de facto border between the two Himalayan nations – in June that killed both soldiers after a handicap battle.
Relations between Beijing and New Delhi have been frozen since then, with trade and technology disputes emerging.
Meanwhile, the United States has stepped up its naval and air missions in the South China Sea while pushing Beijing’s claims back to the vast waterway. It also added support for self-governing Taiwan, which Beijing claims to be its sovereign territory.
Asia and China have been the main foreign policy focus of the Biden management since taking office on Jan. 20.
It will be the first international trip by Cabinet officials Biden since the US President’s inauguration.
The Japanese leader is expected to visit Washington.
Kato said at a daily news conference on Monday that the Japan-U.S. Summit would take place. But have not yet decided the date and details.
If confirmed, Suga will be the first international leader to visit the White House under Biden management.
Blinken this month referred to the U.S. ties with Beijing as “The largest geopolitical test of the 21st century,” he said, it was imperative to engage China from a strong position that could only be done with allies and allies.
“China is the only country with economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to challenge a solid and vigorous open international system – all the rules, values and relationships that make the world go the way we want it,” Blinken said. In a speech on the government’s national security strategy, Biden
CNN’s Junko Ogura contributed to this report.