Quad is not 'Asian NATO'
GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)
India on 11 September 2021 dismissed China’s criticism against the Quad and stated that it was not right to call the four-nation coalition an “Asian NATO”. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, however, joined their counterparts from Canberra, Marise Payne and Peter Dutton, to reaffirm shared commitment to rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region, where India, Australia, United States and Japan forged the Quad to counter the hegemony of China.
- The Quad is a coalition forged by India, Japan, Australia and the US in 2007 and revived in 2017 to create a bulwark of democratic nations to counter China’s expansionist moves in the Indo-Pacific.
- Modi, Biden, Suga and Morrison had held the first ever summit of the Quad through video-calls on 12 March, elevating the four-nation coalition to the level of the leaders.
- The External Affairs Minister on 11 September 2021 pointed out that the Quad was currently focussed on cooperation on ensuring availability of anti-Covid-19 vaccine in the Indo-Pacific, supply chain resilience, education and connectivity in the region.
- A joint news-conference after the 2+2 dialogue that the Quad nations were champions of the centrality of the Association of the SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Indo-Pacific region.
- India and Australia share an important partnership which is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
- Dutton said that Australia would invite India to take part in the Talisman Sabre wargame in Australia in 2023.