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'Terrified' China Expresses Concerns Over Increasing India, US, Japan And Australia Ties

15 November 2017, 12:54 | Darnell Patrick

'Terrified' China Expresses Concerns Over Increasing India, US, Japan And Australia Ties

'Terrified' China Expresses Concerns Over Increasing India, US, Japan And Australia Ties

It also added that after China's B&R initiative, Japan has been actively competing with China for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia and it jointly launched the Asia Africa Growth Corridor program with India covering the Asia-Pacific and African regions.

The dialogue is aimed at bolstering their influence over the region against China's expanding presence.

The White House said the two leaders discussed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the usa and India and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. "The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity", the MEA said. The DFAT of Australia and MoFA of Japan too noted in their read-outs that the diplomats explored ways to uphold rules-based order in Indo-Pacific and respect for global law.

Yesterday, representatives of India, US, Japan and Australia gave a thumbs up for a "free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region" after the first meeting on the "Indo-Pacific" on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila.

The meeting comes ahead of the ASEAN summit on Tuesday, which is also likely to discuss the security challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region and China's military expansion in the South China Sea.

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Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, President Trump cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.

The quadrilateral partners committed to deepening cooperation, which rests on a foundation of shared democratic values and principles, and to continue discussions to further strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.

This has led to speculation that the new terminology may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for the revival of the so-called Quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China's rise.

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japansese Foreign Minister Taro Kono recently mooted the idea of launching a four-nation initiative.

"From the Asia-Pacific to the Indo-Pacific, indicates an extension of the US' Asian policy direction". The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region. Joint Secretary (South division) in the MEA, Vinay Kumar and Joint Secretary (East Asia) Pranay Verma attended the meeting.



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