The Pine Tree, News for Calaveras County and Beyond Weather
Amador Angels Camp Arnold Bear Valley Copperopolis Murphys San Andreas Valley Springs Moke Hill/West Point Tuolumne
Business Directory
Weather & Roads
Real Estate
Weekly & Grocery Ads
Life & Style
Law Enforcement
Wine News
Health & Fitness
Home & Garden
Food & Dining
Religion & Faith
Frogtown USA
Free Classifieds
Letters to the Editor
About Us

Coming Soon...
Thursday, Oct 28
04:00 PM The 2021 Certified Farmers' Market San Andreas is Open Weekly Thursdays 4pm to 6pm!
Friday, Oct 29
All Day Blithe Spirit at Improbable Farce in Three Acts is October 8 - November 7!
Saturday, Oct 30
All Day Blithe Spirit at Improbable Farce in Three Acts is October 8 - November 7!
Sunday, Oct 31
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
All Day Blithe Spirit at Improbable Farce in Three Acts is October 8 - November 7!
09:00 AM Murphys Certified Farmers' Market 2021
Wednesday, Nov 3
06:00 PM Follow the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from California to Washington DC (Including Sonora on No
Friday, Nov 5
All Day Blithe Spirit at Improbable Farce in Three Acts is October 8 - November 7!
Saturday, Nov 6
All Day Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Returns on November 6th
All Day Blithe Spirit at Improbable Farce in Three Acts is October 8 - November 7!
Sunday, Nov 7
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
All Day Blithe Spirit at Improbable Farce in Three Acts is October 8 - November 7!

Search Announcements

Log In


Remember Me

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/25/2021 09:44 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/25/2021 09:44 AM
Expires: 01/01/2026 12:00 AM

Quad Leaders & Quad Principles on Technology Design, Development, Governance, and Use

Washington, DC...We, the leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, convened today in person as “the Quad” for the first time. On this historic occasion we recommit to our partnership, and to a region that is a bedrock of our shared security and prosperity—a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is also inclusive and resilient. Just six months have passed since our last meeting. Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused continued global suffering; the climate crisis has accelerated; and regional security has become ever-more complex, testing all of our countries individually and together. Our cooperation, however, remains unflinching.

The occasion of the Quad summit is an opportunity to refocus ourselves and the world on the Indo-Pacific and on our vision for what we hope to achieve. Together, we recommit to promoting the free, open, rules-based order, rooted in international law and undaunted by coercion, to bolster security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. We stand for the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity of states. We commit to work together and with a range of partners. We reaffirm our strong support for ASEAN’s unity and centrality and for ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, and we underscore our dedication towards working with ASEAN and its member states—the heart of the Indo-Pacific region—in practical and inclusive ways. We also welcome the September 2021 EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Since our first meeting, we have made considerable progress in tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and critical and emerging technologies.

Our partnership on COVID-19 response and relief marks an historic new focus for the Quad. We launched the Quad Vaccine Experts Group, comprised of top experts from our respective governments, charged with building strong ties and better aligning our plans to support Indo-Pacific health security and COVID-19 response. In doing so, we have shared assessments of the state of the pandemic and aligned our efforts to combat it, reinforced shared diplomatic principles for mitigating COVID-19 in the region, and actively improved coordination of our efforts to support safe, effective, quality-assured vaccine production and equitable access, in close collaborations with multilateral efforts including the COVAX Facility. In addition to doses financed through COVAX, Australia, India, Japan, and the United States have pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion doses globally of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. And to date, we have delivered nearly 79 million safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccine doses to countries in the Indo-Pacific as part of those commitments.

Thanks to the Quad Vaccine Partnership’s financing of increased manufacturing capacity at Biological E LTD, additional production in India will come on line later this year. In line with our March announcement, and recognizing the continuing global supply gap, we will ensure this expanded manufacturing is exported for the Indo-Pacific and the world, and we will coordinate with key multilateral initiatives, such as the COVAX Facility, to procure proven safe, effective and quality-assured COVID-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries. We also recognize the importance of open and secure supply chains for vaccine production.

We have accomplished much to date despite months of pandemic hardship throughout the region and world. The Quad leaders welcome Biological E LTD’s production, including through our Quad investments, of at least one billion safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022. Today, we are proud to announce an initial step towards that supply that will immediately help the Indo-Pacific and the world to end the pandemic. The Quad also welcomes India’s announcement to resume exports of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, including to COVAX, beginning in October 2021. Japan will continue to help regional partners purchase vaccines through $3.3 billion of COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan. Australia will deliver $212 million in grant aid to purchase vaccines for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In addition, Australia will allocate $219 million to support last-mile vaccine rollouts and lead in coordinating the Quad’s last-mile delivery efforts in those regions.

We will also strengthen our Science and Technology (S&T) cooperation in the areas of clinical trials and genomic surveillance so that we can accelerate our efforts to end this pandemic and build better health security. We are committed to align around shared global targets to help vaccinate the world, save lives now, and build back better, including by strengthening global health security financing and political leadership. Our countries will also conduct a joint pandemic-preparedness tabletop or exercise in 2022.

We have joined forces to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the urgency it demands. Quad countries will work together to keep the Paris-aligned temperature limits within reach and will pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. To this end, Quad countries intend to update or communicate ambitious NDCs by COP26 and welcome those who have already done so. Quad countries will also coordinate their diplomacy to raise global ambition, including reaching out to key stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region. Our work is organized across three thematic areas: climate ambition, clean-energy innovation and deployment, and climate adaptation, resilience and preparedness, with the intent to pursue enhanced actions during the 2020s, contributing to the aim of achieving global net-zero emissions preferably by 2050, and taking into account national circumstances. We are pursuing nationally appropriate sectoral decarbonization efforts, including those aimed at decarbonizing shipping and port operations and the deployment of clean-hydrogen technology. We will cooperate to establish responsible and resilient clean-energy supply chains, and will strengthen the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and climate information systems. Quad countries will work together for successful outcomes at the COP26 and G20 that uphold the level of climate ambition and innovation that this moment requires.

We have established cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, to ensure the way in which technology is designed, developed, governed, and used is shaped by our shared values and respect for universal human rights. In partnership with industry, we are advancing the deployment of secure, open, and transparent 5G and beyond-5G networks, and working with a range of partners to foster innovation and promote trustworthy vendors and approaches such as Open-RAN. Acknowledging the role of governments in fostering an enabling environment for 5G diversification, we will work together to facilitate public-private cooperation and demonstrate in 2022 the scalability and cybersecurity of open, standards-based technology. With respect to the development of technical standards, we will establish sector-specific contact groups to promote an open, inclusive, private-sector-led, multi-stakeholder, and consensus-based approach. We will also coordinate and cooperate in multilateral standardization organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union. We are mapping the supply chain of critical technologies and materials, including semiconductors, and affirm our positive commitment to resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains of critical technologies, recognizing the importance of government support measures and policies that are transparent and market-oriented. We are monitoring trends in the critical and emerging technologies of the future, beginning with biotechnology, and identifying related opportunities for cooperation. We are also launching today Quad Principles on Technology Design, Development, Governance, and Use that we hope will guide not only the region but the world towards responsible, open, high-standards innovation.

Going forward, we will not only deepen our cooperation in these critical areas, but we will broaden it to new ones. Building upon each of our regional infrastructure efforts, separately and together, we are launching a new Quad infrastructure partnership. As a Quad, we will meet regularly to coordinate our efforts, map the region’s infrastructure needs, and coordinate on regional needs and opportunities. We will cooperate to provide technical assistance, empowering regional partners with evaluative tools, and will promote sustainable infrastructure development. We support the G7’s infrastructure efforts, and look forward to cooperating with like-minded partners, including with the EU. We reconfirm the G20 Quality Infrastructure Investment Principles and will reenergize our efforts to provide high-standards infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific. We reaffirm our interest in continuing our engagement with the Blue Dot Network. We emphasize the importance of supporting open, fair, and transparent lending practices in line with international rules and standards for major creditor countries, including on debt sustainability and accountability, and call on all creditors to adhere to these rules and standards.

Today, we begin new cooperation in cyber space and pledge to work together to combat cyber threats, promote resilience, and secure our critical infrastructure. In space we will identify new collaboration opportunities and share satellite data for peaceful purposes such as monitoring climate change, disaster response and preparedness, sustainable uses of oceans and marine resources, and on responding to challenges in shared domains. We will also consult on rules, norms, guidelines and principles for ensuring the sustainable use of outer space.

We are proud to begin a new chapter of educational and people-to-people cooperation as we inaugurate the Quad Fellowship. Stewarded by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative, and with generous support from Accenture, Blackstone, Boeing, Google, Mastercard, and Western Digital this pilot fellowship program will provide 100 graduate fellowships to leading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduate students across our four countries. Through the Quad Fellowship, our next generation of STEM talent will be prepared to lead the Quad and other like-minded partners towards the innovations that will shape our shared future.

In South Asia, we will closely coordinate our diplomatic, economic, and human-rights policies towards Afghanistan and will deepen our counter-terrorism and humanitarian cooperation in the months ahead in accordance with UNSCR 2593. We reaffirm that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist acts, and reiterate the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan. We denounce the use of terrorist proxies and emphasized the importance of denying any logistical, financial or military support to terrorist groups which could be used to launch or plan terror attacks, including cross-border attacks. We stand together in support of Afghan nationals, and call on the Taliban to provide safe passage to any person wishing to leave Afghanistan, and to ensure that the human rights of all Afghans, including women, children, and minorities are respected.

We also recognize that our shared futures will be written in the Indo-Pacific, and we will redouble our efforts to ensure that the Quad is a force for regional peace, stability, security, and prosperity. Towards that end, we will continue to champion adherence to international law, particularly as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to meet challenges to the maritime rules-based order, including in the East and South China Seas. We affirm our support to small island states, especially those in the Pacific, to enhance their economic and environmental resilience. We will continue our assistance with Pacific Island countries on responses to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and on quality, sustainable infrastructure, as well as partner to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, which poses especially serious challenges for the Pacific.

We reaffirm our commitment to the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions, and also confirm the necessity of immediate resolution of the issue of Japanese abductees. We urge North Korea to abide by its UN obligations, refrain from provocations. We also call on North Korea to engage in substantive dialogue. We are committed to building democratic resilience in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. We continue to call for the end to violence in Myanmar, the release of all political detainees, including foreigners, engagement in constructive dialogue, and for the early restoration of democracy. We further call for the urgent implementation of the ASEAN Five Point Consensus. We will deepen our cooperation in multilateral institutions, including at the United Nations, where reinforcing our shared priorities enhances the resilience of the multilateral system itself. Individually and together, we will respond to the challenges of our time, ensuring that the region remains inclusive, open, and governed by universal rules and norms.

We will continue to build habits of cooperation; our leaders and foreign ministers will meet annually and our senior officials will meet regularly. Our working groups will continue their steady tempo to produce the cooperation necessary to build a stronger region.

At a time that tests us all, our commitment to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific is firm, and our vision for this partnership remains ambitious and far-reaching. With steadfast cooperation, we rise to meet this moment, together.


Quad Principles on Technology Design, Development, Governance, and Use

The Quad countries (Australia, India, Japan, and the United States of America) affirm that the ways in which technology is designed, developed, governed, and used should be shaped by our shared democratic values and respect for universal human rights. Technology should make the lives of our citizens more secure, prosperous, and rewarding, addressing some of the world’s greatest shared challenges, like equitable growth, climate change, energy security, and pandemic diseases. We are committed to fostering an open, accessible, and secure technology ecosystem, based on mutual trust and confidence, and we welcome all nations to support the following principles:

Support universal values.

We are committed to the development of critical and emerging technology that yields tangible benefits for society, developed through a multi-stakeholder approach that is adaptive, dynamic, and aligns with universal values, including respect for freedom of expression and privacy.
We support approaches to technological design, development, governance, and usage that promote our shared values, including the autonomy, agency, and dignity of individuals.
The design, development, governance, and use of technology should be an equitable and inclusive process that neither involves nor results in unfair discriminatory action.
Technology should not be misused or abused for malicious activities such as authoritarian surveillance and oppression, for terrorist purposes, or to disseminate disinformation.
Build trust, integrity, and resilience.

Technology ecosystems built upon trust, integrity, and resilience foster innovation.
We support openness and interoperability to enable collaboration and to welcome innovators who are both diverse in their gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as in the size, structure, and age of their organizations.
We expect technology suppliers, vendors, and distributors to produce and maintain secure systems, and to be trustworthy, transparent, and accountable in their practices. Technology developers should also build in safety and security-by-design approaches so that robust safety and security practices are a part of the technology development process. Illicit transfer or theft of technology is a common challenge that undermines the very foundation of global technological development and should be addressed.
Resilient, diverse, and secure technology supply chains – for hardware, software, and services – are vital to our shared national interests. Close cooperation on supply chains with allies and partners who share our values will enhance our security and prosperity, and strengthen our capacity to respond to international disasters and emergencies.
Foster healthy competition and international collaboration to advance the frontier of science and technology.

A fair and open marketplace is a cornerstone of innovation and inclusive prosperity.
We support free and fair market competition in which the best technical solutions succeed, including with the help of transparently-awarded state incentives.
We encourage the development of competitive technology ecosystems that welcome new market entrants, including start-ups, and enhance innovation, resilience, and sustainability.
We recognize and affirm the importance of industry-led, consensus-based multi-stakeholder approaches to international standards development that foster interoperability, compatibility, and inclusiveness.
We are committed to reducing barriers to data and knowledge sharing for research projects and greater innovation, while protecting research security.
We are also committed to facilitating the exchange of researchers and movement of highly skilled personnel to enhance science and technology collaboration.
We are committed to developing shared research and development agendas, to include joint projects and joint capacity building where possible, that align with foundational scientific principles, further our common values, and promote workforce diversity and education.
Together, we will continue to keep pace with changes in the global economy and innovation processes by monitoring future trends and harnessing the opportunities to advance technologies to address many of our shared objectives: security and resilience, sustainability, economic inclusion, and health and wellbeing.
We are committed to fostering technology development that accelerates economic progress and serves the needs of all of our citizens.
We welcome all nations to join us in pursuit of this shared vision for technologies, guided by these principles.


Comments - Make a comment
The comments are owned by the poster. We are not responsible for its content. We value free speech but remember this is a public forum and we hope that people would use common sense and decency. If you see an offensive comment please email us at
Thank you....uhh...what's his name....
Posted on: 2021-09-25 13:13:49   By: Anonymous
The reasoning for this being called the "Quad" is the weakest president in the history of our Nation could not remember the other three countries. Just last week our Senile old fool of weakness couldn't even remember the Prime Minister of Australia's name, Scott Morrison. During a live press conference on Sept 16 th our Senile, old, weak Embarrassment of a president, Leave Americans Behind Biden, referred to the Prime Minister as “I want to thank … uh … that fella Down Under ( on live TV). Thank you very much, pal,” This was part of the deal the US had with France, our oldest Allie, and Joe stabbed the French in the back.
Actually just weeks earlier, he stabbed all of our Allies in the back when he didn't even give them a hint of his kindergarten plans pulling out of Afghanistan, remember? When our Coward in Chiefs stupidity killed 13 US military personnel, so he got those terrorist back with what he called "A Righteous Kill" with a Drone strike killing 3 Adult Aide Workers and 7 little kids.
Enough of that, let's not get depressed for having the weakest, dumbest, oldest, Senile President in History. But he is the same bozo who's going to start a war in the Middle East where Trump made peace there, by giving Iran, one of our Adversaries who said many times that they wanted to wipe America off the map, the green light for Nuclear Weapons.
Joe's the man without a plan.
Thanks dumbacrats, liberals, socialist, your hatred of our country just might indeed start a World War with stupid in the WH

[Reply ]

    Re: Thank you....uhh...what's his name....
    Posted on: 2021-09-25 15:53:12   By: Anonymous

    [Reply ]

      Re: Thank you....uhh...what's his name....
      Posted on: 2021-09-25 21:12:08   By: Anonymous

      [Reply ]

        No Subject
        Posted on: 2021-09-26 07:18:59   By: Anonymous
        Alright boys . Let’s get real . Trump lost . He is never coming back . Regardless of what tucker is telling you . Get over it …

        [Reply ]

          Posted on: 2021-09-26 07:29:17   By: Anonymous
          Sniveler I've got your boy hanging...

          [Reply ]

            Posted on: 2021-09-26 07:40:30   By: Anonymous
            Bitch please.

            [Reply ]

            Posted on: 2021-09-26 07:52:45   By: Anonymous
            I've never seen a pimple hang before

            [Reply ]

          Posted on: 2021-09-26 07:47:02   By: Anonymous
          Yup, trump lost, and with chit for brains in the WH the infighting Dems who left Americans behind won't even win the mid terms.
          That's when the senile coward gets impeached

          [Reply ]

            Posted on: 2021-09-26 08:04:13   By: Anonymous
            Is that when the street walker becomes president? Imagine that, huh? A hoe as President.

            [Reply ]

            Posted on: 2021-09-26 08:05:01   By: Anonymous
            Good day to get strapped... Hahahahaha

            [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2021-09-26 08:02:20   By: Anonymous
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas admitted Sunday that the vast majority of Haitian migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border in recent weeks have already been released into the United States, and it is possible that more will follow them.

Of all the migrants our senile Coward In Chief has released?
"Host Chris Wallace noted that according to the Department of Justice 44% of those who are released miss court appearances. When asked whether many of the thousands who have just been released will just stay in the U.S., Mayorkas insisted that the system will work."
The system won't work, the dumbacrats already proved it.
So get your vaccines America, while leave Americans behind Biden let's covid positive illegals come in.
Does the idiot you voted for president make any sense to you yet?
One crisis after another and HE CANT FIX ANY, HE JUST CREATES MORE.

[Reply ]

    Posted on: 2021-09-26 08:12:39   By: Anonymous
    Even Chuck Todd throwing that old fuk under the bus... Hahahahaha

    [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2021-09-26 08:14:53   By: Anonymous
Hidden Biden...

[Reply ]

    Posted on: 2021-09-26 08:19:45   By: Anonymous
    Long live Fox News...

    [Reply ]

      Posted on: 2021-09-26 09:37:22   By: Anonymous
      Hey pussy sniveler where did you go?...

      [Reply ]

        Posted on: 2021-09-26 09:53:55   By: Anonymous
        I will see you after dark behind the hotel. Same time as usual .

        [Reply ]

          Posted on: 2021-09-26 11:43:51   By: Anonymous
          ^ Make sure your wearing those boxer shorts with the fly in the back door... See Ya Then The Boys!

          [Reply ]

            Posted on: 2021-09-26 14:09:33   By: Anonymous
            Bro . You really need to stop watching tucker .

            [Reply ]

              Posted on: 2021-09-26 14:13:37   By: Anonymous
              Tucker's not on tonight

              [Reply ]

What's Related
These might interest you as well
Local News


Photo Albums

phpws Business Directory

Mark Twain Medical Center
Meadowmont Pharmacy
Bank of Stockton
Bear Valley Real Estate
Bear Valley Cross Country
Cave, Mine & Zip Lines
Fox Security
Bistro Espresso
Pinnacle Physical Therapy
Chatom Winery
Middleton's Furniture
Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Paul D. Bertini
Premier Properties
High Country Spa & Stove
Calaveras Mentoriing

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway
Sierra Logging Museum
Jenny's Kitchen

Copyright © The Pine Tree 2005-2021