On Friday, China released an official statement stating its close surveillance on the Quad meet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga attended the virtual summit on March 12, the first conclave of the top leaders of the Quadrilateral alliance, seen as a force against a belligerent China.
China on the summit
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that they believe in a regional cooperation architecture that follows the principle of peaceful development and win-win cooperation, which is the ideal trend of the times. In its state-run publication, Global Times, it said,” “The busy schedule of arrangements seems, to Chinese observers, like a ‘water-testing move from the US to sound out its Asian partners’ attitude toward forming an ‘unbreakable alliance’ to counter China’s rise.”
Birth of Quad
In November 2017, India, Japan, the US and Australia shaped the long-pending proposal to set up ‘Quad’ for a new strategy to keep Indo-Pacific region free of any influence. The US has gratified setting up security architecture in order to check China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region
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- The diplomatic and military arrangement is widely viewed as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power. The formation of Quad will help the nations curb China’s growing diplomacy. The Quadrilateral is an effective counter to China’s aggression at the LAC depending on how it can balance the future of the nation and restore deterrence in the Indo-Pacific region. Countries in the Quad might support bilaterally in matters like intelligence inputs or credible supplies of military hardware. However, the countries are independently responsible when it comes to dealing with the Chinese challenge.
- As China quickly emerged to be the second-largest economy by the end of the 20th century while maintaining its one-party authoritarianism, several countries began to feel disappointed, uneasy, and threatened. The new consensus is that China has become a grave challenge, a threat to the world. The relationship has become more competitive than cooperative due to structural conflicts as several countries are struggling to adjust to changes in the international system and combat its illegitimate supremacy.