To deal with China, how far is the Quartet ready to cooperate?

The US should now adopt the "Quad" group to focus more on "positive and inclusive" deals in the Asia-Pacific if it wants to deal effectively with China.

US President Joe Biden and leaders of Australia, Japan and India on September 24 (Washington time) met at the White House for the first face-to-face meeting between leaders of the "Quad" group.

The "Quad" is an informal strategic forum that brings together countries interested in dealing with China's rise in Asia.

This is considered one of the most important diplomatic events for America's influence in Asia in the coming time. According to the White House, Biden will join Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to discuss the content of promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The meeting comes at a time when US policy in Asia is changing dramatically. Therefore, some experts believe that what the "Quad" group chooses to do next is more important than ever.

US President Joe Biden (right) meets Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in New York City on September 21. Photo: Reuters
US President Joe Biden (right) meets Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in New York City on September 21. Photo: Reuters

Malcolm Davis, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told CNN the "Quad" is not an Asian version of NATO but is clearly geared towards security cooperation.

Australia and Japan welcome more US involvement in the region. Meanwhile, India is by far the most cautious member. Therefore, Bonnie Glaser, an expert at the German Marshall Fund of the US, said that how far the group is willing to cooperate in defense to deal with China depends on New Delhi.

Some experts say that while not wanting to anger China, India is gradually strengthening its military ties with the US, such as conducting joint exercises, buying weapons, transferring technology...

According to Glaser, another factor that determines the policy of the "Quad" group is Beijing's behavior. If China increasingly threatens the interests of other countries, the "Quad" group will be ready to respond more strongly.

US Vice President Kamala Harris receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on September 23. Photo: Reuters
US Vice President Kamala Harris receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on September 23. Photo: Reuters

The summit of the "Quad" group could not be a better opportunity for Washington to demonstrate its role in the region. By joining hands with Australia, Japan, and India in the framework of the "Quad" group, the US can show countries that cooperation is not only focused on the military side, but also economically and politically.

Beijing has pointed to the recently signed AUKUS (defense treaty between the US, UK and Australia) as an example of Washington's focus solely on military power in Asia. For comparison, China this week formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an agreement the US withdrew from under President Donald Trump.

Therefore, Mr. Ben Scott, an expert at the Lowy Institute (Australia), said that the US should now adopt the "Quad" group to focus more on "positive and inclusive" agreements in the Asia-Pacific region. Yang if you want to deal effectively with China.

According to Mr. Scott, the issues that should be prioritized are the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, economic stability and security.

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