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‘India to Host Quad Meet Later This Year’

  • Category
    India & world
  • Published
    7th Sep, 2020

India will host the Quad foreign ministers meet later this year. Apart from the Quad meeting, details are also being worked out for the India-US 2+2 dialogue.

Context

India will host the Quad foreign ministers meet later this year. Apart from the Quad meeting, details are also being worked out for the India-US 2+2 dialogue.

About

  • Known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the four-member group is an informal strategic forum that holds semi-regular summits and discusses regional economic and development assistance.
  • At its core, the Quad is a symbolic and substantive addition to an existing network of strategic and defense cooperation among four highly capable Indo-Pacific democracies.
  • Though the group has seen several ups and downs but it was in November 2017, the informal forum saw re-establishment with emphasis on maintaining rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Beijing sees this as a means of containing China.
  • The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or the Quad has regained strength in the face of an aggressive China.

The gained traction

  • The grouping has gained greater traction since early 2020 because of Beijing’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic and the manner in which it has attempted to hijack multilateral institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
  • The four countries are also concerned about global supply chain problems, recognizing the vulnerability of their dependence on China.
  • The upcoming in-person foreign ministers meeting appears, at the least, aimed at sending a strong message to China about the resoluteness of the Quad. 

Why this year’s meeting assumes significance?

  • Both of these meetings are taking place at a time when China is facing the global ire for-
    • trampling democracy in Hong Kong
    • human rights violations in Xinjiang
    • alleged breach of internet privacy in various countries
    • attempting to unilaterally change the status quo at the India China border violating all bilateral agreements and protocols
    • displaying strong-arm tactics in the South China Sea
  • Beijing is also being blamed by some quarters for the spread of COVID-19 globally which originated in its labs in Wuhan.
    • US President Donald Trump has referred to COVID-19 as "Chinese virus".
  • The US had also imposed restrictions on Chinese diplomats in the country. India has also banned several Chinese apps and popular game Pubg and Indian Railways has cancelled Chinese investment.
  • As major powers of the world get sceptical about China, India is looking forward to replacing the Asian giant as a production and services hub of the world.
  • Quad countries including Australia and Japan have assured huge investments in India''s infrastructure technology and supply chain.
  • The United States has also hailed India as a big power in India-Pacific.
  • Beijing will be watching Quad and 2+2 meet very closely as it views this grouping of democratic powers with a sense of alarm.
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