The Pentagon has said that the nature of China’s aggression and coercion in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region is a subject of frequent discussion among the Quad countries.
In November 2017, India, Japan, the US and Australia raised a long-pending proposal to establish a Quad to develop a new strategy to keep important sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence amid China’s growing military shaped up. presence in the strategic area.
“The Quad relationship has a lot of consequences. And they all have nothing to do with China… It’s not that the Quad exists only to counter China or their influence,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said. told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
“Now, obviously, what China is doing in the Indo-Pacific region, the aggression, the coercion with which they try to suppress their claims, certainly with all our allies and partners and certainly inside the Quad. is a frequent topic of discussion. ” he said.
“The Quad arrangement gives us another great opportunity to work multilaterally on all kinds of initiatives that can help build what we really want here, which is a free and open Indo Pacific region. And there’s a lot of it, and it has nothing to do with China,” Kirby said.
Recently, on 25 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his counterparts from Australia and Japan attended the first in-person meeting of the Quad leaders hosted by US President Joe Biden.
India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific region in the backdrop of China’s increasing military moves in the region.