Ministers from India, Australia, Japan and US will discuss regional and global issues especially practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region in the third Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad Meeting.
The third India-Australia-Japan-US ministerial meeting with the foreign ministers of respective Countries will be held on February 18. According to the official statement released by the Ministry of Externa Affairs (MEA), the ministers will exchange views on regional and global issues especially practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. The leaders will also discuss ongoing efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, addressing global climate change and other issues of mutual interest,” the statement added.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price announced the participation of US State Department Secretary Antony Blinken in Quad’s third ministerial meeting on Wednesday (local time). Price said, “This discussion with Quad’s Foreign Ministers is critical to advancing our shared goals of a free and open Indo-Pacific and rising to the defining challenges of our time”
Quad's 3rd ministerial meeting today, to discuss work towards inclusive Indo-Pacific
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The Quad initiative is expected to put an end to the economic coercion tactics of China and cooperation with Japan and other allies will checkmate Chinese development assistance and its hegemony in the region.
Earlier, The Japan Times reported that for the first time under the Quad framework, the foreign ministers of the four countries met in New York in 2019. The four countries held another meeting last year in Tokyo during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the October meeting, then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had reprimanded the dragon (China) for using its economic power to increase its hegemony over the neighbouring countries in South Asia. Pompeo brought to the forum a denunciation of China’s “exploitation, corruption, and coercion” of neighbouring countries. He said, “This is for the soul of the world. This is about whether this will be a world that operates in this sense that we’re on a rules-based international order system or one that’s dominated by a coercive totalitarian regime like the one in China.”
Edited by: Aditi Pokharel