Biden to meet leaders of Australia, India and Japan Sep 15, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaWashington US President Joe Biden will meet his Australian, Indian and Japanese counterparts in Washington next week for the first-ever Quad leaders summit, the White House said Monday.The summit with prime ministers Scott Morrison of Australia, Narendra Modi of India and Yoshihide Suga of Japan will be held at the White House on September 24.This group of four, also known as Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, was formed in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and formalized in 2007.“The Quad Leaders will be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.The Washington meeting “demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Psaki added.The summit marks the first in-person meeting of the Quad leaders. Their last meeting, in March, was held in a virtual format. In the past, representatives from the four countries have met at foreign minister and working level. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Chinese metropolis of Xiamen goes into lockdown after COVID outbreak Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Foreign forces must leave Syria, Putin tells Assad in Moscow Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Israel to seal off Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Singapore hosts China’s leading diplomat dpa Bangkok Three weeks after the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday hosted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for what he said was “a productive and candid .. Putin self-isolating due to coronavirus cases within his inner circle Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after people in his “inner circle” tested positive for coronavirus, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin, 68, will not hold face-to-face meetings for the time .. Philippines to relax COVID curbs despite high case count dpa Manila The Philippines will ease coronavirus restrictions in the capital region starting this week, in a bid to boost economic activity despite high numbers of new Covid-19 cases, the government said on Tuesday. The .. Singapore news website forced offline over foreign funds allegations Bangkok: Two weeks after losing a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore news portal The Online Citizen’s website and social media operating licences were on Tuesday suspended by the .. Unknown assailants free 240 inmates in attack on Nigerian jail Lagos: Unknown assailants freed 240 prisoners from a jail in the West African country of Nigeria during a deadly overnight attack. The prison in the town of Kabba in the central state of Kogi was attacked by several heavily ..