Updated: May 31, 2022 08:17 STI
beijing [China]May 31 (ANI): Quad, a four-nation strategic forum, is indeed a “force for good” and although the joint statement by the United States, Japan, Australia and India does not mention not China, the message is clear that this grouping aims to counter China’s reach in the Indo-Pacific.
Quad has come a long way since former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed it in 2007. The grouping has multi-faceted goals ranging from compliance with international law to infrastructure to security in the region.
All Quad member states respect international law and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. He talks about the need and importance of having a free and open Indo-Pacific. The leaders said they strongly oppose any coercive, provocative or unilateral action aimed at changing the status quo and increasing tensions, the Geneva Daily reported.
This is a clear indication for China. Even though no one from the group mentioned China, it is imperative to read between the lines and understand that this applies to Beijing.
Another aspect is the announcement of $50 billion in infrastructure aid to the region by Quad leaders through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Over the next five years, Quad partners will extend funding to catalyze infrastructure delivery.
Quad, with its infrastructure assistance in the region, seeks to financially distance many parts of South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific from China. This is because many countries in the region are dependent on China and are trapped by its debt and this set up by Quad will help these indebted countries to cope.
In addition, the Quad group also focuses on the fight against illegal fishing in Pacific waters. Member countries will also seek to assist nations in the region to be able to respond to humanitarian and natural disasters.
It is in the idea that the region is prone to natural disasters. Vaccine diplomacy is also a key area Quad wants to focus on. As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that the cluster pay attention to this difficult situation. China, the origin of the coronavirus and the leaders, wants to play a relevant role in health security.
Quad’s partners’ collective commitment of approximately $5.2 billion to COVAX AMC and the delivery of more than 670 million doses worldwide is a measure of the success of the combined efforts of leading democratic nations, according to the media portal. .
China therefore remains a force to be countered in the Indo-Pacific. Australia and the United States are already angered by China’s security deals with the Solomon Islands. Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, is also negotiating a similar type of pact with Kiribati. All of these moves by China in Pacific waters have sown fears in Australia and the United States that China is planning to expand its reach in the region by possibly building military bases overseas. (ANI)