Quad summit discusses ECA cooperation In Indo Pacific

(Deccan Herald, Bangalore, 21 May 2023) The leaders of the US, Japan, Australia and India met for the Quad Summit on the sideline of the G7 conclave in Hiroshima and agreed to work on a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the export credit agencies of the governments to strengthen collaboration for the promotion of trade, financing of trade-enabling projects, economic development, and knowledge-sharing with respect to the export of goods and services. The MOC underscores the importance of economic development of the Indo-Pacific region and of increasing business opportunities, they said. "We emphasise the importance of adherence to international law, particularly as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the maintenance of freedom of navigation... including those in the East and South China Seas,” the leaders stated in a joint statement, tacitly hitting out at China. India on Saturday joined Japan, Australia and the US to denounce China’s “destabilising and unilateral actions” to change the status quo in the Indo-Pacific region and its move to militarise the disputed features in the East and the South China sea.