With the increase in China’s objectionable activities in the Indo-Pacific region, the foreign ministers of India, Japan, the US and Australia are scheduled to meet and discuss ways to curb Bejing’s moves. The meeting comes at a time when China is planning to dominate the Indo-Pacific and Eurasian region with its military and economic might. China’s growing aggression is supposed to be the major theme of discussion in the Quad meeting, besides some other issues of importance.
Attitude Towards China In Different Countries
In recent times of the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries have hardened their stance on China, after the origin of the virus in Wuhan. In his speech on 23rd July, the US Secretary of State urged that 40 years of the US policy of engagement with Bejing should be brought to an end. The US has also decided to put an end to its ‘one-China policy’ and resume its relations with Taiwan. Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the relationship between the US and China has reached an all-time low. Even Australia has developed bitter relations with China in recent years. Moreover, Indo-China relations have worsened owing to the border disputes in the Himalayas region. Currently, Japan is also not on good terms with China.
How Serious Is The Indo-China Dispute Now?
In June this year, both the countries clashed in the Galwan valley. This engagement with sticks and clubs was also the first major and fatal clash between the two countries since their conflicts in 1975. Both countries suffered major fatalities. While India declared the number of deaths, the Chinese government did not disclose any data. The relations between the two countries have been constantly deteriorating after that. Both the countries have continued their allegations and counter-allegations and shots have been fired at the border which is an unprecedented incident because a 1996 agreement had prohibited the use of guns and explosives at the border to prevent an uncontrollable conflict from arising.
Other issues to be discussed in the meeting
Apart from the issue of Chinese aggression and trade pullouts, certain other issues will also be taken up at the Quad meet. The rising number of COVID cases throughout the world and the ways and means to deal with the global pandemic effectively shall be discussed. The members would also talk upon strengthening their mutual relations.
The Policy Times take on this
- The Quad Countries must come up with a practicable strategy in order to curb China’s aggression.
- All the members of the Quad should unanimously agree to a probable solution for global peace and national security of all participating countries.
- The best way is to solve the problem through diplomacy and adoption of a well thought out foreign policy rather than entering into a direct political and military conflict which will surely prove fatal for humanity.
- Moreover, the countries should prioritize international peace and security rather than focusing on narrow national interests at this crucial juncture.