India Joins 'Quadrilateral' With Australia, Japan and United States to Limit China's Intrusion

India Joins 'Quadrilateral' With Australia, Japan and United States to Limit China's Intrusion

In a statement, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said the consultations were held on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region with a focus on cooperation based on converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the area.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump last week praised India's "astounding" growth, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

"Indo-Pacific" has grown in usage across diplomatic and security circles in Australia, India and Japan in recent years, shorthand for a broader and democratic-led region in place of the "Asia-Pacific", which to some places an authoritarian China too firmly at the centre. Modi is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with Trump and Abe on Monday and the security scenario in the Indo-Pacific region may figure in the meetings. The officials also discussed North Korea, according to statements issued by the Japanese and the Australians.

In its statement, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said the officials discussed measures to ensure a free and open global order based on the rule of law in the Indo- Pacific.

Last time in 2007, China had issued a demarche to all the countries over the meeting of the meeting over the quadrilateral meeting.

China also said the US-brokered proposal of these countries to ensure free and open "Indo-Pacific. should avoid politicising or excluding some relevant parties".

In the meeting, seen as the first major move in formation of the quadrilateral security dialogue - or 'quad, ' as it has been dubbed - the officials deliberated on the evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific region besides delving into effectively combating threat of terrorism and other security challenges. Trump and top United States officials have been using the term Indo-Pacific more frequently than the phrase Asia-Pacific.

Officials of India, Australia, the USA and Japan held the first quadrilateral (Quad) meeting on Sunday to boost cooperation and combat China's unilateral assertiveness in the region. "The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity", it said in a statement. This includes upholding the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific and respect for worldwide law, freedom of navigation and overflight; increase connectivity; coordinate on efforts to address the challenges of countering terrorism and upholding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.

Both the Japanese and Australian press releases mentioned that discussions were on ensuring "rules based order" and "freedom of navigation".

Both Japan and Australia highlighted that all participants affirmed their commitment to "continuing discussions and deepening cooperation based on shared values and principles".

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