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Biden welcomes new Australian PM to Indo-Pacific club

Biden welcomes new Australian PM to Indo-Pacific club

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden opened his last day inside Asia on Tuesday by holding talks accompanied by a trio of Indo-Pacific leaders that includes Australia's new main minister on his earliest filled day on the position of employment with every one other accompanied by India's Narendra Modi, accompanied by whom differences persist over how to respond to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Biden, Modi with every one other accompanied by Japan's Fumio Kishida launched the Quad summit by welcoming Australia's Anthony Albanese to the club with every one other accompanied by expressing awe at his resolution to fasten the casual safety coalition by rushing to Tokyo straight away following actuality sworn inside on Monday.

"I don't know how you're doing it," Biden told Albanese. The U.S. president joked that it would exist OK if the new premier happened to let fall nap throughout the meeting.

Turning serious, Biden said the leaders were "navigating into and not here of a black hour inside our shared history" since of Russia's war on Ukraine. He added that it was "more than fair a European issue, it's a worldwide issue."

Kishida, too, took note of Russia's aggression with every one other accompanied by added: "We cannot permit the same thing occur inside the Indo-Pacific region."

Modi, whose response to the Ukraine circumstances has saddened Washington, did not address the matter inside his condition remarks while the summit got under way.

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Biden will meet separately accompanied by Albanese with every one other accompanied by with Modi following the four-way gathering of the safety category known while the Quad. The collaboration has become increasingly pertinent while Biden has moved to adjust U.S. overseas policy to place greater focus on the neighbourhood with every one other accompanied by to work outside China's rise while an monetary with every one other accompanied by safety power. He held bilateral talks accompanied by summit host Kishida on Monday.

Albanese told his fellow Quad leaders he was dedicated to the group's task to carry on accompanied by a without charge with every one other accompanied by not shut Indo-Pacific.

"We have had a alter of management inside Australia, nevertheless Australia's commitment to the Quad has not changed with every one other accompanied by will not change," Albanese said.

Looming over the Quad leaders' talks is Biden's blunt statement on Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to retain protected from danger Taiwan is "even stronger' following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The White House insists that Biden's unusually forceful comments concerning Taiwan did not amount to a shift inside U.S. policy in the direction of the self-ruled island that China claims while its own.

Biden has asked Modi not to accelerate the buying of Russian lubricant while the U.S. with every one other accompanied by other allies look to compress Moscow's vitality income. The Indian main minister made no indeed condition commitment to gash off from Russian oil, with every one other accompanied by Biden has publicly referred to India while "somewhat shaky" inside its response to the invasion.

Unlike other Quad countries with every one other accompanied by almost every one other U.S. ally, India has not imposed sanctions or flat condemned Russia, its biggest supplier of military hardware. Facing Western pressure, India has condemned civilian deaths inside Ukraine with every one other accompanied by called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Yet it too has compounded fallout from a war that has caused a worldwide food shortage by banning wheat exports at a hour dated when starvation is a growing chance inside parts of the world.

With Modi sitting nearby, Biden made the instance that the world has a shared duty to do something to assist Ukrainian resistance opposed to Russia's aggression.

"The Russian brutal with every one other accompanied by unprovoked war opposed to Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe with every one other accompanied by guiltless civilians have been killed inside the streets with every one other accompanied by millions of refugees are internally displaced while well while inside exile," Biden said. "And this is additional than fair a European issue, it's a worldwide issue."

The U.S. president has been making his instance to Modi for weeks.

Biden with every one other accompanied by Modi spoke concerning the Russia invasion throughout a virtual Quad leaders' gathering inside March, with every one other accompanied by last month they had a short video discussion when Secretary of State Antony Blinken with every one other accompanied by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met accompanied by their Indian counterparts inside Washington.

"So it won't exist a new conversation," White House national safety counsellor Jake Sullivan said. "It will exist a continuation of the discussion they've by that hour dated had concerning how we see the painting inside Ukraine with every one other accompanied by the impacts of Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine on a wider place of concerns inside the world."

While Biden with every one other accompanied by Modi may retain away from condition confrontation over how to respond to Russia's aggression, the matter remains a greatest one while the U.S. with every one other accompanied by allies are looking to tighten the pressure on Putin., said Michael Green, older vice president for Asia at the Center for Strategic with every one other accompanied by International Studies inside Washington.

"It appears attractive understandable the Biden management is not looking for problems accompanied by India with every one other accompanied by that most of these difficult conversations will exist inside private," said Green, who was a older National Security Council aide throughout the George W. Bush administration.

Some self-effacing initiatives were expected to exist announced by the Quad leaders, including a new attempt to provide pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to countries most inside need with every one other accompanied by a program to assist nations improve safety with every one other accompanied by environmental awareness of their territorial waters, according to a older management official who previewed the coming announcements on the condition of anonymity.

The Quad last year pledged to donate 1.2 billion vaccine doses globally. So far, the category has provided concerning 257 million doses, the official said.

Biden will meet accompanied by Albanese subsequent Tuesday. They spoke by phone following the center-left Labor Party leader defeated Prime Minister Scott Morrison, extremity a nine-year sprint of conservative regulation inside Australia.

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Associated Press writers Zeke Miller inside Washington, Mari Yamaguchi inside Tokyo with every one other accompanied by Ashok Sharma inside New Delhi contributed reporting

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