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September 24, 2021

As Biden hosts first Quad summit at the White House, China is the background music

Featuring Lisa Curtis

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists Anne Gearan, Gerry Shih

President Biden gathered the leaders of Japan, Australia and India at the White House on Friday to cement an emerging partnership of four Indo-Pacific countries, known as the Quad, united in their misgivings about China.

Neither Biden nor his guests mentioned the words “China” or “Beijing” in opening remarks heard by reporters as the leaders extolled cooperation on climate change, critical infrastructure and the coronavirus pandemic. But Chinese ambitions were the subtext of most of the group’s agenda.


“India would welcome anything that counters China in its backyard,” said Lisa Curtis, who headed South and Central Asia policy in the National Security Council during the Trump administration. But after the events of the last month, Biden needs to assuage Indian concerns about terrorism on its western flank and carefully manage alliances as he pivots to the Pacific, she added.

“A lot of goodwill has already evaporated in Europe,” Curtis said.

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  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...