The quadrilateral of India, US, Australia and Japan have agreed on an open Indo Pacific Region which services the long term interests of the world at large. The meeting took place before the ASEAN summit, in a quiet meeting room at the luxurious Diamond Hotel near the Manila airport.
Shri Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump arrived after the discussion, and will attend a separate quadrilateral meeting on Monday. They will be joined by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
Japans focus will be on the free and open international order based on the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific. Japan is looking at corporation from the countries in the region. Japan along with Australia wants stronger pressure on North Korea and their act of terrorism using nuclear threats.
Clear indications of China’s growing influence in the South China Sea has been reported to be discussed. There is a growing nervousness about China’s emergence as a global power. Maritime security is one of the major flaws that the quadrilateral has witnessed.
Modi’s programme in Manila includes attending the 15th Asean India Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit. The latter groups together Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam—which are Asean member states—along with Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.
This is Modi’s first visit to the Philippines, which celebrating 50 years as one of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). India will mark 25 years with ASEAN by hosting a summit in New Delhi in January 2018.