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Good to see everybody today. It reflects his view that we have to rally democratic allies and partners in common cause and his belief in the centrality of the Indo-Pacific to the national security of the United States.
During the meeting, the leaders addressed key regional issues including — excuse me, including freedom of and freedom from coercion in the South and East China Seas; the DPRK nuclear issue; and the coup and violent repression in Burma. The President and his counterparts also spoke to the competition of models between autocracy and democracy, and expressed their confidence that, despite setbacks and imperfections, democracy is the best system to deliver for people and to meet the economic, social, and technological challenges of the 21st century.
The four leaders did discuss the challenge posed by China, and they made clear that none of them have any illusions about China. But today was not fundamentally about China. The leaders also agreed that they would meet in person before the end of the year, and they launched a set of working groups, including an emerging technology group that will help set standards in key technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence, and another on cyber that will help our four countries meet this growing threat. The Quad, at the end of the day — at the end of today is now a critical part of the architecture of the Indo-Pacific.
Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin will travel to Japan and Korea to meet with their counterparts in a two-plus-two format. Secretary Austin will go on to India from there. And we will have other high-level meetings and visits in the coming weeks with leaders from the Indo-Pacific that will be announced soon. Just a word on Anchorage before I turn to your questions. And after the work of the past 50 days, Secretary Blinken and I will enter the meeting with senior Chinese representatives from a position of strength. President Biden has ed into law the American Rescue Plan, and the OECD has now projected that our economic growth will be the highest in decades and will help power global economic growth.
And with the current presidency of the U. Security Council, we passed a strong statement on Burma just this week. Last week, with the Europeans, we agreed to a pause in tariffs in the long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute. Q Thank you, sir.
Jennifer Jacobs from Bloomberg News. In the Quad meeting this morning, did the President and his counterparts discuss the cyber-attack on the Microsoft Exchange? And was there any solution to that? And with respect to cyber, the impetus behind this new Cyber Working Group is not just the SolarWinds incident or the Microsoft Exchange incident — both of which the United States is responding to with urgency — but also cyber-attacks that have hit Japan, India, and Australia just in the fast — past few weeks and months. So this is a common challenge that we face from both state actors and non-state actors, and we do intend to make the Quad a central vehicle for cooperation on cyber.
Q On this cyber-attack with Microsoft, can you give us a sense of all of the scope and scale of this — how it might compare to SolarWinds?
Nsa fun this weekend i m hosting is this still ongoing? We are still trying to determine the scope and scale. It is ificant, but the precise of systems that have been exposed by this vulnerability and have been exploited, either by nation-state threat actors or ransomware hackers or others — that is something that we are urgently working with the private sector to determine. It is certainly the case that malign actors are still in some of these Microsoft Exchange systems, which is why we have pushed so hard to get those systems patched, to get remediation underway.
And the U. Ultimately, a lot of this comes down to the private sector taking the steps that they need to take to remediate. And we will give them everything we can to help them be able to do so. Q Can you declaratively say that the Microsoft Exchange hack was done by China? Q You talked about diplomacy. I want to ask you about Iran right now. What is the status of any talks with Iran, given they rebuffed the U.
There are communications through the Europeans and through others that enable us to explain to the Iranians what our position is, with respect to the compliance-for-compliance approach, and to hear what their position is. And —. But from our perspective, this is going to be — you know, this is not going to be easy, but we believe that we are in a diplomatic process now that we can move forward on, and ultimately secure our objective, which is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and to do so through diplomacy.
Q As it relates to the — to Iran, is the U. Secondly, the United States reserves the right to protect its personnel and its facilities; we will do so at a time and place of our choosing. And we will take whatever steps are necessary to deter further attacks and to impose costs on those who attack us. Q Thank you, Jake. Jonathan Lemire, with Associated Press. He vowed to be tough on Putin. What should we read into this?
Is this him — is this him displaying a more realist — more realism approach to foreign policy? You know, why not perhaps be the optimist that he did on the campaign trail? SULLIVAN: Joe Biden is the ultimate optimist, and today was the ultimate testament to his optimism: pulling together, for the first time ever, the leaders of Japan, Australia, and India in a grouping that is going to allow the United States to drive forward its agenda, its interest, and its values more effectively going forward.
And to lift up democracy, as the al — form of government that can deliver for people and meet the challenges going ahead. You heard him yesterday at the bill ing about domestic renewal.
And you heard him today about his deep belief that the United States will be in a position to lead and to succeed in the 21st century on the global stage. He has not only removed American support for offensive operations in Yemen, he has also taken additional steps to sanction individuals and to publish — something the last administration was not prepared to do — an unclassified report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
He has also indicated to the Saudis that, going forward, we are not going to give them the blank check the last administration did either on how they treat their own citizens or how they operate in the region. On both of those issues, he has pushed Saudi Arabia hard, and we believe that we are making progress as a result of his policy. If you look at Russia and China, he has both taken a firm line with respect to Russia, including working with the Europeans to impose costs already for the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny and preparing additional responses to other malign actions that Russia has conducted.
And as far as China is concerned, the United States, as he has said repeatedly, believes that we are going to end up in a stiff competition with China, and we intend to prevail in that competition. And he is amassing the sources of strength that we need to be able to prevail.
And that is percent in line with everything that Joe Biden said on the campaign trail. And 50 days in, we Nsa fun this weekend i m hosting we are in a better position to deal with the challenge from China than we — than we were the day that he took office. Thanks for coming in and taking our questions. I want to ask you a question about immigration diplomacy. You were on that trip as his national security advisor at the time. He went because of what was then an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors coming across the border.
Why has that not been the message that this White House is sending now — clear and unrelenting — that none of these children or women bringing children will be eligible under the existing law? SULLIVAN: So, the President has made clear, and this administration has made clear, that we are Nsa fun this weekend i m hosting to pursue an effective and humane immigration policy and unwind what we believe was the ineffective and inhumane policy over the course of the last four years.
We are dealing with a circumstance in which we have to build the capacity to be able to assess the asylum claims of individuals who arrive here, and we have to deal with the obvious public health effects of a pandemic. So we are sending the message clearly, and you heard it from Roberta Jacobson from this podium earlier this week.
But the President also believes that, under our laws, people who are claiming asylum deserve to have their cases heard properly, effectively, efficiently, and as swiftly as possible, and that is the policy that we are going to pursue going forward. SULLIVAN: So this is, day by day, something that we need to be able to communicate from a range of different perspectives — from this podium, in the region itself, on the airwaves — and we will continue to do so as we go forward.
Do you think that tariffs and export controls targeting China will be part of the talks? And what does China need to do for the U. So this will stay more in that zone than get into the details of questions around tariffs or export controls. But we will communicate that the United States is going to take steps, in terms of what we do on technology, to ensure that our technology is not being used in ways that are inimical to our values or adverse to our security.
We will communicate that message at a broad level. But in terms of the details of these issues, we have more work to do with our allies and partners to come up with a common approach, a t approach, before we go sit down point by point with the Chinese government on these issues. Do you see the Quad, in coordination between the different nations, as a way of perhaps increasing the potential cost to China of any move against Taiwan?
And did Taiwan and its status come up in your discussions this morning? What it is, is an opportunity for these four democracies to work as a group, and also with other countries, on fundamental issues of economics, technology, climate, and security.
What we know is that broad-based maritime security is already core to the Quad agenda, that humanitarian assistance and disaster response and the work of our militaries in that space is already on the agenda. Where we go from there on everything from freedom of to broader regional security questions, that has to be worked through, not just at the leaders level but at the working level as well.
Q For Reuters. Thank you. Is that something that the United States welcomes? Q And just a follow-up on the vaccines. We also have reporting from India that the temporary U. Is the U. Secondly, I do not believe that there is an export ban.
But the United States will happily work with countries around the world to make sure that we are doing our part, not just to make sure every last American citizen is vaccinated as quickly as possible, but that the rest of the world gets vaccinated as quickly as possible as well. I just have a couple of items at the top. So, first, he announced the plans to deliver vaccines directly to up to additional community health centers that reach underserved communities, bringing the total of community health centers participating in our federal vaccination program to When we first announced this, if you all remember, we announced that it was a pilot program, and we were going to see how it went.
And so now the vaccine will be available at more than 20, pharmacies across the country. And also announced the deployment of more than 4, active-duty troops to support vaccination efforts, bringing the total to over 6, in all. And expanded vaccinators — the people who can give these vaccines — to dentists, optometrists, paramedics, physician assistants, veterinarians, and many more.
And, on Friday, the President and the Vice President will travel to Georgia to continue engaging with Americans about how they will benefit from the Rescue Plan.
Q Thank you, Jen. A of influential New York lawmakers, including Representatives Nadler and Ocasio-Cortez, have now called for the reation of Governor Cuomo in light of new allegations of harassment, including one that was referred to law enforcement.
My first question is simply this: Does the President believe the governor should re?Nsa fun this weekend i m hosting
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