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Quad Grouping and China

Quad As An Attempt For Containment: China China’s Consul General:

China’s Consul General in Mumbai has described Quad as “an attempt for containment”.

  • Because, Quad advocates so-called democratic alliance, and targets certain specific countries in an attempt for containment.”
  • The reference to Quad indicates Beijing’s deep annoyance with a grouping that intends to curtail its influence in the Indo-Pacific and areas that China considers its zone of influence.

Quad grouping:

  • The quadrilateral security dialogue includes Japan, India, United States, and Australia.
  • All four nations find a common ground of being democratic nations and common interests of unhindered maritime trade and security.
  • It is often dubbed as an “Asian” or “mini” NATO and is viewed as a counterbalance to China’s military and economic clout in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • The grouping traces its genesis to 2004 when the four countries came together to coordinate relief operations in the aftermath of the tsunami.
  • It then met for the first time in 2007 on the sidelines of the Association of southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
  • The intention was to enhance maritime cooperation between the four nations.