Wed, 20 Oct 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: The leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the United States will meet on 24th September to discuss issues ranging from an increasingly aggressive China to climate change.

The heads of the four countries will meet during a summit, which will take place at the White House at the conclusion of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The leaders will "be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combating COVID-19 and addressing the climate crisis," a senior U.S. official said, as reported by Reuters.

The leaders of the four countries held a virtual meeting in March and promised to cooperate on COVID-19 vaccines and climate change, while maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region, despite Beijing's challenge.

In March, during conversations with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden said democratic countries should develop a plan to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative.

During their March summit, the four leaders agreed that Indian drugmaker Biological E Ltd. would manufacture at least one billion coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of 2022, primarily for Southeast Asian and Pacific countries.

However, after India experienced a catastrophic surge in cases and stopped exporting vaccines, the vaccine program was halted.

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