India, US, Japan And Australia Unite To Checkmate China

The US Secretary of State began meetings with counterparts from three other democratic countries in Tokyo to keep up the pressure on China.

Jessica David

October 7, 2020

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The second ministerial meeting of the ‘Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,’ also known as the Quad, took place in Tokyo on Tuesday (October 6) a year after the foreign ministers of India, Australia, Japan, US met for the first time in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting comes at a time when tension between the Quad nations and China have increased phenomenally. The dominant theme of the meeting was how to tackle an increasingly assertive China. The Quad group was represented by US’ Mike Pompeo, Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi, Australia’s Marise Payne and India’s Dr Jaishankar.

The US Secretary of State began meetings with counterparts from three other democratic countries in Tokyo, in a bid to keep up the pressure on China amid the Coronavirus crisis rocking Washington. The so-called Quad – also including Australia, India and Japan – is slated to hold its second ministerial-level meeting later on Tuesday, in an event expected to help firm up New Delhi’s participation in the group. The first international gathering of ministers in Japan demonstrates solidarity at a time when China is feuding with at least three of its members: Australia, US and India.

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