Modi-Biden talks will focus on tackling China’s economic clout

India is likely to join the US-led Indo-Pacific economic framework.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden will focus on ways and strategy to counter China’s growing economic and military influence in the Indo-Pacific region and other geographies, giving momentum to initiatives In progress. Prime Minister Modi and President Biden will hold bilateral talks on May 24 on the sidelines of the Quad Summit in Tokyo. Senior sources have told the Sunday Guardian that India is likely to join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) to be launched by US President Biden in the Japanese capital. This move by India will be part of a larger strategy to confront China in terms of growing economic influence in the Indo-Pacific.
Prime Minister Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the summit. Quad leaders will emphasize a free and open Indo-Pacific, rules-based international orders and the need to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries in the region. Quad includes the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
China’s unauthorized and illegal activities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh with the construction of a second bridge by Beijing near Pangong Lake will also be raised by Indian leaders at the Summit. Quad, although the Ukrainian conflict is likely to be a crucial agenda during the discussion, sources said. “The Indian Prime Minister will not at the same time change the Ukrainian position of New Delhi, even if the United States, Australia and Japan have raised the chorus against Russia during the Quad summit,” sources said. foreground at the Sunday Guardian. The immediate cessation of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, the resolution of problems through dialogue and the need to alleviate the suffering of people in the war-affected area will be the key points that Prime Minister Modi will reaffirm during the summit and bilateral talks with Biden, the Japanese prime minister and the Australian prime minister, sources said. Cross-border terrorism will also be a crucial topic of discussion at the summit, with a clear signal to Pakistan to act against terrorists operating from territory under its control.
According to sources, the Quad summit will come out with a strong statement on the war in Ukraine and China’s assertion in the Indo-Pacific. “The immediate cessation of hostilities between Moscow and Kyiv, as repeatedly emphasized by India, will be a major point in the Ukrainian section of the joint statement to be issued by the Tokyo Quad Summit,” the sources said.
“With IPEF being part of the major US effort to counter China’s growing economic weight, India has been quite positive about it,” the sources said. President Biden will invite Prime Minister Modi to join IPEF during their bilateral talks, sources added. There are certain clauses and pillars of this economic arrangement that New Delhi may not be happy with but what makes India positive about it is that it is a great initiative strategy targeting China. The Biden administration has already designed the IPEF to prioritize flexibility and inclusion. “Washington has always viewed New Delhi as a vital partner for IPEF in terms of economic engagement in the region. Thus, a pick and choose arrangement has been entered into by the Biden administration, which means that it is not necessary to agree to all pillars of the arrangement,” the sources said. “That flexibility was there with India’s concerns in mind,” the sources add.
While confirming that during his trip to Tokyo President Biden will launch the IPEF, US National Security Adviser (NSA) Jake Sullivan said last week that the Indo-Pacific economic framework would send a powerful message to China. . “We believe this message will be heard everywhere. We believe it will be heard in Beijing,” he said. China has previously criticized the US-proposed IPEF, calling it Washington’s attempt to induce Southeast Asian countries to decouple from China.