The leaders will gather in the shadow of Beijing’s growing ambitions for the region, and the recent official signing of the China-Solomon Islands security pact during the Australian election campaign.
On the plane ride to Tokyo, Anthony Albanese was in touch with another key strategic ally, conducting a 25-minute conversation with UK leader Boris Johnson.
It’s unclear whether the situation in Ukraine will be raised on a detailed level, a sore point for India which has so far decided against imposing any sanctions on Russia over the invasion.
Before buckling into the plane she recorded a video message for Pacific nations.
In the wake of the Quad discussions, there will be even more focus on the reactions from those Pacific nations, and which family they decide to align with.