Quad countries to hold China accountable; Beijing will have to follow the rules, says Biden

Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden

Addressing a news conference in the White House, President Joe Biden said that the United States is working with its partners and allies to hold China “accountable” in the region, and also to press Beijing follow the rules on a range of issues, including the South China Sea. 

Biden referred to the virtual summit held on March 12 with leaders of the Quad countries including India, Australia and Japan and said that soon he is going to invite an alliance of democracies to come to Washington DC to “discuss the future”. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Citizens take to streets following bloody crackdown; World Bank slashes growth forecast

“Earlier this month, and apparently got the Chinese attention, that’s not why did it, I met with our allies and — how we’re going to hold China accountable in the region, Australia, India, Japan, the United States, the so-called Quad, because we have to have democracies working together,” he said. 

“We are going to make it clear that, in order to deal with these things, we are going to hold China accountable to follow the rules, to follow the rules, whether it relates to the South China Sea or the North China Sea or the agreement made on Taiwan or a whole range of other things,” he asserted. Also Read: China’s controversial dam project on Brahmaputra river to kick start within a year

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