With the rising threat from communist China in the Indo-Pacific region, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the United States, Japan, India, and Australia has become increasingly important. Cooperation among its members has gone beyond economy, military, and supply chains. And the United States and Japan are also winning over more countries to join the Quad or participate in joint military exercises.
On Friday, May 21, Joe Biden will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House, Biden’s second face-to-face summit with a foreign leader since his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in April.
On Feb. 18, 2021, Antony Blinken held his first virtual meeting since the presidential election with counterparts from Japan, India, and Australia in an effort to curb an increasingly aggressive China. On March 12, the Quad had an online summit meeting for the first time and established working groups for epidemic prevention, cutting-edge technology, and climate change.
In early April, the Quad nations set a precedent in joining a France-led military exercise in hopes of strengthening ties in the Indo-Pacific region to counter the Chinese communist regime.
The alliance’s activities have formed a substantial deterrent to the Chinese regime, which led to outcry from Beijing.
On May 10, Li Jiming, the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, pressured the south Asian country not to join the Quad lest bilateral ties suffer “substantial damage.”
The next day, however, Li’s Bangladeshi counterpart, A. K. Abdul Momen, pushed back.
“We are an independent and sovereign state,” Momen said.
“We are an independent and sovereign state. We decide our foreign policy,” Momen said. “But yes, any country can uphold its position. But we will decide what we will do. This is a matter of the interest of our country.”
US, Japan Considering More Countries to Join the QuadIn recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has eroded Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” and conducted increasingly frequent military operations around the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, and the Senkaku Islands, also known as the Diaoyu Islands in China.
In January, China introduced the Coast Guard Law, which took effect on Feb. 1 and authorized its coast guard to use military force if necessary. China was accused by neighbors Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines of attempting to challenge the established international order.
Expert: Japan’s Positive RoleLast month, Wang Zhin-sheng, secretary-general of the Asia-Pacific Elite Interchange Association, said in an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times that Japan had recently been playing an active role in connecting with Asia-Pacific countries within the Quad.
“Japan’s action is to contain the CCP,” Wang said. The move was due to China’s passage of its controversial coast guard law, which poses a huge threat to Indo-Pacific countries, especially Japan.
Wang also predicted that future cooperation in the region will no longer be limited to military and security strategies, which is expected to expand to economy, technology, pharmaceutical manufacture, and others.
For the United States and Japan, Wang added, Taiwan could also be an integral part of their readjusted Asia-Pacific strategy; and the absence of Taiwan would lead to an obvious gap in the First Island Chain.