The Quad partnership among the United States, India, Australia and Japan is committed to defending democracy and advancing prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Quad partners take on challenges together, from the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change to maritime security and supporting the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region.

President Biden participated in the Quad’s first leaders meeting on March 12, along with his counterparts: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia.

“President Biden has made this one of his earliest multilateral engagements,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, adding that it demonstrates “the importance we’ve placed on close cooperation with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.”

The Quad grew out of the four democracies’ humanitarian efforts in response to the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

In recent years, senior officials from the partner nations have consulted on issues such as maritime security, cyber concerns, countering disinformation, counterterrorism, development assistance and humanitarian disaster relief.

At a February Quad foreign ministers meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed “the urgent need to restore the democratically elected government in Burma,” the State Department said.

Crowd of protesters in construction helmets in street, with two holding shields with the word "People" painted on them (© AP Images)
Leaders of the Quad are calling for the restoration of the democratically elected government in Burma, where demonstrators are protesting the February 1 coup. (© AP Images)

“Our four nations believe in common fundamental values such as democracy, rule of law and free economy,” Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said in October. “We believe in having a regional responsibility, [and] share the goal of strengthening a rules-based free and open international order.”