A historic moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the first Leaders Summit of the Quad along with the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison; Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga and US President, Joe Biden. The summit will take place virtually on 12th March 2021.
- The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Leaders will discuss the regional and global issues which are of shared interest.
- The leaders will also exchange their views on several practical areas of the cooperation to maintain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
- The virtual summit will also provide the countries an opportunity to exchange their views on the contemporary challenges like resilient supply chains, maritime security, climate change and emerging & critical technologies.
- Quad Leaders will also discuss the ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus. They would also explore the opportunities to collaborate so as to ensure a safe, equitable and affordable vaccines in Indo-Pacific region.
Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is also known as the Asian NATO or Mini NATO. It is an informal strategic forum comprising of India, USA, Japan, and Australia. The forum is maintained by semi-regular summits, military drills and information between member countries.
Quadrilateral Security Dialogue was initiated in August 2007 by the then Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe with the support of Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh; USA Vice President, Dick Cheney and Australian Prime Minister, John Howard. This diplomatic and military arrangement is taken as a response to increasing Chinese economic and military power.
Quad Countries vs China
The United States of America sees this grouping as an opportunity to regain its influence in the Indo-Pacific region in a counter to China’s increasing influence in the East Asia. Australia also shows concerns regarding China’s growing interest in the land, infrastructure, politics and universities in Australia. Japan expresses concerns with respect to China’s territorial transgression in the south China Sea and Indo-Pacific region. China continuously violates the international norms by constructing military facilities on reclaimed islands in South China Sea pose strategic challenges to India.
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