Controlling the Indo-Pacific: India, US, Japan Australia resurrect quadrilateral dialogue

India Joins 'Quadrilateral' With Australia, Japan and US to Limit China's Intrusion

Soon after the meeting of their officials yesterday, India, the US, Japan and Australia issued separate statements listing the Indo-Pacific region as the major area of the their discussions and resolved to work towards upholding a rules- based order and ensuring respect for worldwide law in the region, seen as a message to China.

The dialogue is aimed at bolstering their influence over the region against China's expanding presence.

In his speech, Geng Shuang also mentioned, "US-brokered proposal of these countries to ensure free and open "Indo-Pacific"... should avoid politicising or excluding some relevant parties". "I will also have interactions with other Asean and East Asia Summit leaders".

Unlike US, Japan and Australia; New Delhi also did not directly refer to North Korea's controversial nuclear and missile programme, but noted that the officials of the four nations had exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity.

Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, President Trump cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.

Explaining its rationale, the article pointed out that though Australia always held an ambiguous attitude toward China and the United States, it hopes to expand its influence in the Indo-Pacific region by utilizing the protection of the usa but is also reluctant to give up the enormous economic interests of trading with China.


"The officials examined ways to achieve common goals and address shared challenges in the region".

The MEA said the Indian side highlighted India's "Act East" policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

"Officials also agreed to work together to address threats to global peace and security posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including the DPRK's (North Korea) nuclear and missile programmes", the Australian foreign ministry said.

The quadrilateral partners committed to deepening cooperation, which rests on a foundation of shared democratic values and principles, and to continue discussions to further strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday.

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono last month had said that Tokyo favours the quadrilateral dialogue to further boost strategic partnership among the four countries.

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