Recently, the foreign ministers of India, US, Australia and Japan met to discuss collective efforts and commitment to close cooperation on counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security cooperation, development finance, and cyber security efforts.
- The Quad—an informal consultative mechanism comprising the United States, Australia, Japan, and India—is quietly opposed to China’s continued militarization of and attempts to control strategic waterways throughout the region, namely the South China Sea.
- The foundations of the Quad can be found in the response of the four nations, Australia, India, Japan, and the US, to the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004.
- The four nations created the "tsunami core group" to become a new network in the face of an emerging challenge, bringing together the four nations best equipped to swiftly mobilise tsunami aid.
- Abe Shinzo proposed an "arc of freedom and prosperity". He envisioned a network of states linked to Japanese diplomatic efforts to promote freedom and the rule of law.
- The first meeting was convened parallel to the ASEAN Regional Forum, when the informal grouping met to discuss areas of common interest to the dialogue partners, including disaster relief.
- Late September saw the only military exercise associated with the first Quad, an enlarged version of the US-India Malabar series. This exercise, the second Malabar of 2007, featured the four navies, together with the Singaporean navy, exercising in the Bay of Bengal.
QUAD: Significance for World
- The Quad is essentially rejuvenated against the backdrop of an emerging narrative for a free and open Indo-Pacific, and not much for a pan-regional inclusiveness.
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