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The Nikkei View

Quad should form foundation for broader international cooperation

Framework offers diplomatic and economic counterweight to China

The leaders of the U.S., Japan, India and Australia participate in the Quad's virtual summit on March 12. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. held their first leaders' summit online and issued a joint statement that called for broad cooperation. It is significant, especially with regard to deterring Beijing, that the leaders of these major countries have convened to uphold common values of democracy and the rule of law.

Until now, foreign ministers and top civil servants from the four countries -- also known as the Quad -- have held repeated discussions. The talks were upgraded to the leaders' level at the behest of U.S. President Joe Biden. We welcome the fact that the U.S., which in recent years has preferred bilateral diplomacy, is clarifying its position on cooperating with allies and focusing on Asia in resolving various issues of concern to the international community.

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