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With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the world is “navigating a dark hour in our shared history,” United States President Joe Biden told crucial Asian allies.

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According to him, the war has now become a “global issue,” emphasizing the significance of maintaining international order.

Fumio Kishida, the Japanese Prime Minister, repeated his remarks, stating that a comparable invasion should not occur in Asia.

On his first trip to Asia as president, Mr. Biden is meeting with the leaders of Japan, Australia, and India in Tokyo.

The Quad, which consists of four countries, is meeting to address security and economic issues, including China’s growing influence in the region and disagreements over the Russian incursion.

Mr. Biden’s remarks come a day after he warned China that it was “flirting with peril” over Taiwan and promised to defend Taiwan militarily if it was attacked, seemingly contradicting longstanding US policy on the matter.

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Mr. Biden said their discussion was about “democracies versus autocracies, and we have to make sure that we deliver” in his opening remarks on Tuesday.

As Russia’s blockade on Ukraine grain exports intensifies a worldwide food crisis, he claimed the Ukraine war “will affect all corners of the world.”

Mr. Biden stated that the US will lead the global response with allies, reiterating their commitment to preserving international order and sovereignty “regardless of where they were infringed throughout the world” and being a “strong and enduring partner” in the Indo-Pacific area.

Mr. Kishida told reporters after their discussion that all four nations, “including India,” agreed on the importance of the rule of law, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and that “unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force will never be permitted.”

So yet, India is the only member of the Quad who has declined to criticize Russia explicitly for the invasion.

The Quad nations launched a new marine monitoring operation aimed at increasing surveillance of Chinese activity in the region, as well as a promise to spend at least $50 billion (£40 billion) on infrastructure and investment over the next five years.


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