US President Joe Biden and other leaders of the Quartet including Japan, India and Australia on May 24 met in Tokyo, Japan. The parties issued a statement affirming their commitment to a free, open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region.
The Quartet issued a statement affirming its commitment to a free, open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region. Photo: NHK
The Joint Declaration emphasizes strong support for the principles of freedom, the rule of law, democratic values, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the peaceful settlement of disputes without resorting to force. force or threat of use of force, freedom of navigation and overflight. The Quartet countries also reaffirmed their determination to uphold a rules-based international order, free from all forms of political, economic and military coercion.
The statement underscored the Quartet’s strong determination to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and affirmed that the heart of the international order is international law, including the Charter. United Nations, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries. Leaders of the Quartet also emphasized that all countries must seek to resolve disputes peacefully in accordance with international law.
The Quad is committed to working with partners in the region who share the same vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Joint Statement reaffirms unwavering support for the unity and centrality of ASEAN and the substantive implementation of the ASEAN Vision for the Indo-Pacific. The Quartet welcomed the EU Joint Communiqué on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific published in September 2021 and the increased EU engagement in the region.
The Quartet vowed to support compliance with international law, especially embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and upholding freedom of navigation and overflight, in response to challenges. for the rules-based maritime order included in the East and South China Seas. The Quartet strongly opposes any coercive, provocative or unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo and increase tensions in the region, such as the militarization of disputed features, the dangerous use of coast guard ships and maritime militia, as well as efforts to disrupt other countries’ offshore resource extraction activities.
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