The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad, announced various non-military technology initiatives aimed at establishing global cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, such as AI, 5G and semiconductors.
The various tech initiatives were announced after the leaders of the Quad countries – including Australia, India, Japan and the United States – met on Friday, marking the first time the group has met in person. .
Among the initiatives announced by the security bloc was the intention to develop new global cybersecurity standards in various technology sectors.
âRegarding the development of technical standards, we will establish sector contact groups to promote an open, inclusive, private sector-led, multi-stakeholder and consensus-based approach,â Quad said in a joint statement.
As part of the work to be undertaken to establish these global technology standards, the Quad has announced that it will issue a Quad Principles Statement, which will be a guide for implementing responsible, open and high-level innovation.
“We strive to make cyberspace and emerging and critical technologies reliable and secure, in open societies, by problem-solving and addressing supply chain challenges that in many ways hold the keys to our security, our prosperity and our environment in the 21st century, “said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
A new Quad Senior Cyber ââGroup will also be created. The group will be made up of âhigh level expertsâ who will meet regularly to advance work between government and industry to foster the adoption and implementation of shared cyber standards; development of secure software; growth of the technological workforce; and promoting the scalability and cybersecurity of a secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure.
The security bloc will also begin space-focused cooperation and countering cyberthreats, promoting resilience and securing critical infrastructure together, the countries said.
For space in particular, Quad nations will identify new opportunities for collaboration and share satellite data for peaceful purposes such as climate change monitoring, disaster response and preparedness, sustainable use of oceans and resources. navies and responding to challenges in shared areas.
Other tech initiatives announced by the Quad over the weekend were a new exchange that will be established with the industry. The scholarship will provide 100 graduate scholarships to graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the four countries.
New initiatives to improve semiconductor supply chains, 5G deployment and diversification, and to monitor biotech sweep trends were also announced.
In announcing these new initiatives, the Quad sledged China, although China was not named, jointly stating, “We will continue to uphold respect for international law … seas.”
“We affirm our support for small island states, especially those in the Pacific, to strengthen their economic and environmental resilience,” the Quad added.
The Quad country moves follow various international pacts that have emerged in recent weeks, with Quad members, Australia and the US, joining the UK in establishing the AUKUS Security Pact.
AUKUS, released two weeks ago, was created by the three governments to respond to China’s defense and security concerns in the Indo-Pacific region. The focus of the Trilateral Security Pact has so far been militarily heavy unlike the new Quad initiatives, with AUKUS ‘first initiative to help Australia acquire nuclear powered submarines.
Meanwhile, China and Taiwan have formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP), one of the largest trade pacts in the world.