Quadrilateral talks involving India not about containing China

Quadrilateral talks involving India not about containing China

The proposal was, however, seen by China as an attempt to counter its influence in the region. "A United States, saddled with a tight budget, a financially indebted Japan, an Australia eyeing a free ride on China's economic development, and an India still struggling to become a developed country, can hardly spare any effort to contribute to public good", Lian argued in the Beijing-based magazine.

Neither the U.S. nor Australia or Japan have a security alliance with India, the official said, saying that the USA views India as an increasingly important security partner, adding that the country is "conceptually the western edge of the Indo-Pacific region; the United States making up the eastern edge of that".

The phrase "captures the importance of the maritime free commons that allow our security and our prosperity to continue", a senior administration official told reporters during a media briefing on Sunday (Nov 5) after questions were raised on the increasing use of the phrase "Indo-Pacific" by the Trump administration and whether it is a strategy to contain the rise of China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it has noted the development and hopes that such an arrangement will promote mutual trust among countries in the region and not harm Beijing's interests.

"We hope it would be beneficial for improving the mutual trust among countries and regions, and at the same time, safeguard and promote peace, tranquillity and prosperity within the area, without targeting or damaging a third party's interest". She also referred to the freedom of navigation without mentioning the disputed South China Sea, where the USA and Chinese navies have had several run-ins. The US has been periodically sending naval ships and planes to assert the freedom of navigation, much to the chagrin of China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit.

Markets were already nervous over the prospect of escalation in rhetoric - or even further missile and nuclear tests - from Pyongyang during the U.S. president's visit.

During the tour spread over 12 days, Trump will also be visiting South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. India opposes the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road project whose key artery, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, cuts through the part of Kashmir held by Islamabad.

The first iteration of the quadrilateral security dialogue was short lived, with the Abe government in Japan in 2007 lasting only a year and Australia then withdrawing from the dialogue after China issued protests to all the members, seeing the meeting as a platform to "contain" China. After returning home, Tillerson had described the US, Japan, India and Australia as "anchors" in the Indo-Pacific region which includes the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

Wells said that the mechanism will offer countries in the Indo-Pacific region an alternative to predatory financing or unsustainable debt, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently rebuked China for being an irresponsible global actor prone to predatory economic policies, the article said. Eventually, it's going to be pretty soon half of the world's economy.

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