This is awkward. During the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan on Sunday, President Biden brazenly took credit for the diplomatic success of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
“Look, look at the meeting that we had here today and yesterday, the Quad,” Biden said. “If I, I bet I would … maybe some of you thought so, but I doubt that many people in this audience or any audience would have said that, if you had to choose two years, I would be able to persuade. India, Australia, Japan and the United States to form an organization called the Quad to maintain stability in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.”
As noted by RNC Research, the Quad was reinstated in 2017 under President Trump.
CNN reported in 2021 that the Quad meetings were a continuation of diplomatic policy from the Trump administration.
“The new prominence of the Quad summit is a rare mark of continuity between the Trump administration and a Biden White House that reversed much of its predecessor’s foreign policy,” CNN reported. “It is also another sign of the administration’s intention to shift the emphasis of its diplomacy to the Asia-Pacific region, after sacrificing relations with France to send nuclear submarines.”
“The Quad is not a formal military alliance like NATO,” CNN continued. “But this does not rule out joint exercises in the region. And there is growing speculation that something more formal may emerge, which could mean a debate about what the Quad is really for.”
“But overall, the meeting is a sign that four key democracies in the Asia-Pacific region are feeling pressure to respond to China’s power,” CNN added.
Despite China’s aggression in the region, its cover-up of the Covid-19 pandemic and its spy balloons sent to the US, Biden insisted on Sunday that the US was not interested in China’s “strategic decoupling” and imply that he would. soon to speak with the President of China, Xi Jinping.
“We’re not looking to disengage from China. We’re looking to reduce risk and diversify our relationship with China,” Biden said. He added that the G7 nations were more united than ever in terms of “standing together against economic coercion and countering harmful practices that harm our workers.”
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