Quad Summit: Announcement on Securing Semiconductor Supply Chain Likely

Foreign Affairs

New Delhi: Leaders of the Quad grouping India, Japan Australia and the US are likely to announce ways to work together to secure the semiconductor supply chain at the first in-person summit in Washington on Sept 24, a Japanese news publication, has reported citing a draft of a joint document that the four countries will issue.

US President Joe Biden is hosting the summit at the White House on September 24, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and Australia’s Scott Morrison. They are slated to discuss the ongoing pandemic and their joint efforts to boost global vaccine supplies, the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.

This is the first in-person summit level meeting of the group which is  seen as an emerging bloc of countries positioning itself as a check against China’s growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific and outside. The leaders held their first summit in March, but it was held virtually.