Quad Leaders Summit: On Wednesday i.e. May 17, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced that the scheduled Quad meeting in Sydney next week will be called off in the absence of US President Joe Biden, who had to cancel his visit to Australia due to ongoing debt ceiling negotiations in Washington.
According to Albanese, due to President Biden's postponement of his trip to Sydney and his intended visit to Papua New Guinea, the leaders of Australia, the United States, India, and Japan will now gather at the G7 summit in Japan this weekend.
"The Quad Leaders meeting in Sydney next week will not take place." We will, however, have that discussion between Quad leaders in Japan," Mr Albanese said at a news conference.
According to Mr. Albanese, there is a possibility that a bilateral program in Sydney with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may proceed as scheduled next week.
When asked about Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's planned visit to Sydney next week, Mr. Albanese did not provide a response.
The Quad is a loosely knit organisation that advocates for an open Indo-Pacific. Beijing sees it as an attempt to counter its expanding regional power.
According to Asia Society Policy Institute senior scholar Richard Maude, the postponement of Biden's travel to Papua New Guinea, the first visit by an American president to an independent Pacific island nation, might set back Washington's war for influence in the area with Beijing.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to attend the G-7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan from May 19 to 21.
Apart from participating in the summit under the Japanese Presidency, he will also engage in bilateral meetings with Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister James Marape during his visit to Papua New Guinea.