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Former Australian PM calls PM Modi, Shinzo Abe “fathers” of Quad



Former Australian PM calls PM Modi, Shinzo Abe 'father' of Quad

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott is currently on a tour of India. (file)

New Delhi:

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the “fathers” of the quadrilateral security dialogue, former Australian PM Tony Abbott on Saturday said the Quad is almost a unique product and “the world has to be immensely grateful to both”. Needed.” from them.”

Speaking to ANI, Abbott said that the Quad is the most important strategic development in the world since the formation of NATO. He further said that Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi are the only Asian leaders who could have started the Quad.

“So I think the 2 fathers of QUAD are Shinzo Abe and Modi and the world should be very grateful to both of them,” said the former Australian PM.

Talking about the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement, Abbott said, “It is getting stronger with time. The ECTA – Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement – which we finalized last year, symbolizes this new strength.” Is.”

“I also think that the convoy of Australian ministers that have been in Delhi for the last few weeks – and the PM is coming in just over a week – is also very symbolic of the strength and the relationship,” he said.

Talking about ties with New Delhi, the former PM said that India is an increasingly close strategic partner. He said India is a country that has always been a natural partner for Australia.

Meanwhile, regarding its relationship with China, Abbott said, “Australia has nothing against the Chinese people. They are everywhere, we wanted to get ahead of the problem of the Chinese Communist Party, which is aggressively is pursuing global dominance. China is threatening all its neighbors and casts a deeply hostile eye on Taiwan. I have to say that any attempt by China to take over Taiwan would be horrifying by many orders of magnitude. This is Ukraine will be bigger than the conflict in the U.S. We must collectively increase the cost to Beijing of aggression in the Taiwan Strait.”

Talking about the G20 chairmanship, he said, “I am sure it will help showcase India not only as a regional power but also as the second democratic superpower in the world, I think it will help India There is a side to the strategic and diplomatic age.”

Yesterday, the former Australian PM said in a panel discussion on ‘Materials That Matter: Battle for Securing Critical Supply Chains’ during the Raisina Dialogue that China uses trade as a weapon in a way that almost no other country does.

The former PM of Australia said that China wants the whole world to depend on it but it wants to be independent from the world.

“China wants the rest of the world to depend on it and it wants to be completely independent for its part of the rest of the world. And this is part of the clearly stated objective of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). By the middle of the century number one power in the world. And I think we have to appreciate that China uses trade as a weapon in a way that almost no other country does. So I think we have to be mindful of that. Have to be mindful of how exposed we may be,” Abbott said.

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