The Quad holds its first in-person meeting, in Washington DC, amid the fallout from a controversial new global joint security pact announced last week. That pact, known as Aukus, was signed by the US, UK and australia, and will give australia access to US nuclear-powered submarine technology for the first time. The leaders from the group, which comprises the US, australia ,india and Japan, connected online from their various nations back in march and agreed to cooperate on delivering one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Asian countries by the end of 2022.
Leaders from both these forums avoided mentioning china directly, but it's widely believed that their cooperation efforts are designed to counter Bejing's influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi was likely been mindful of china when he met his fellow Quad leaders. india is the only country in the group that shares a border with the Chinese and the border is bitterly disputed at several points. Troops from the two countries were involved in a deadly clash at one such point last year.
The Quad Summit could allow india to develop a joint worldview with the three partners on areas of shared concern, like countering China's influence in the region, of the Indo-pacific. Now that beijing is also maintaining its diplomatic ties with the Taliban in afghanistan and its iron brother Pakistan. Influences west Asia, while trying its very best to gain control over the Indo-pacific region and Taiwan.