The Quad countries pledge to promote an Indo-Pacific region that is 'undaunted by coercion'

The Quad Leaders Summit is hosted by Joe Biden, the American President, and Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, and Suga Yoshihide, the Japanese Prime Minister, in the East Room at the White House, Washington, DC, September 24, 2021.
Leaders of four large democracies, the United States, India and Japan, as well as Australia, have reiterated their commitment for a free Indo-Pacific region that is not hindered by coercion, without mentioning China.

The Quad Leaders Summit was hosted by Joe Biden, the American President. It saw the Prime Ministers of India, Japan, and Australia gather in Washington, D.C. for their first meeting in person.

"Together we recommitto promoting the free and open rules-based order, which is rooted in international legal and undaunted from coercion to bolster security & prosperity in the Indo-Pacific" said Biden in a joint statement with Narendra Modi of India, Yoshihide Suuga of Japan, and Scott Morrison from Australia.

China was not mentioned in the statement, despite China's growing influence in the region. China is becoming more assertive in the South China Sea and East China Sea. China also regularly patrols those waters.

They added that they stood for the rule of Law, freedom of navigation, overflight, peaceful resolutions of disputes, democratic values and the territorial integrity of all states.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (or Quad) is an alliance of the four countries. It positions itself as being committed towards a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.