Senate debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Australia-India-Japan-United States Quad Foreign Ministers Meeting

2:21 pm

Photo of Marise PayneMarise Payne (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you, Senator Henderson. I think it is important to note that Thursday's Quad meeting was another chance to reaffirm our support for ASEAN centrality, particularly the principles set out in the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific. We're working to support and secure a prosperous region through ASEAN-led architecture, particularly through the East Asia Summit, which met, virtually, in the context of COVID last year.

We are longstanding supporters of Myanmar's democratic transition, so we discussed our concerns about the military coup. We reaffirmed our support for an ASEAN-led response to those events. We have multiple engagements of our four nations in a range of areas. Last October, for example, I joined counterparts from Japan and the United States to announce the first project under the trilateral partnership for infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific, the Palau cable spur. I think it was in December that Minister Birmingham participated in an Australia-India-Japan meeting on resilient supply chains— (Time expired)


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