October 6, 2020

Quad Nations united in Tokyo to send a strong message to China

After so much speculation of having the Quad meeting is over now because finally the foreign ministers of four countries finally met to discuss the issue on how to tackle China.

US Mike Pompeo said the meeting was “something we’ve been working on for a long time” before he left the USA.

Tension between the US and China have escalated over issues like coronavirus, trade, technology, Hong Kong, Human Rights and Taiwan.

“Looking forward to discussing increased cooperation to promote our shared vision for a free and open #IndoPacific, composed of nations that are independent, strong, and prosperous,” Mr Pompeo tweeted on departure.

The Quad is basically formed to counter China aggression in the region and maintain peace and balanced power in the region.

The Quadrilateral Initiative – informally named the Quad – first began in May 2007 with a meeting between the US, Japan, India and Australia in the Philippine capital Manila.

This latest meeting comes at a time when the US, India and Australia have all seen growing tensions in their relations with China.

The Quad is not able to function properly due to India’s low interest in the group and makes Beijing happy but there have been growing tensions between Beijing and Delhi too along their disputed border in the Himalayan region.

Alexander Neill, an Asia-Pacific security analyst based in Singapore, thinks the “real clincher” for the renewed momentum of the Quad grouping is down to “India’s buy in”.

“In recent years there has been much speculation about the quad becoming a formalised body. But it had been constrained by India in particular, which is a traditional stalwart of the non-aligned movement,” he said.

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