Controlling the Indo-Pacific: India, US, Japan Australia resurrect quadrilateral dialogue

  • Controlling the Indo-Pacific: India, US, Japan Australia resurrect quadrilateral dialogue

Controlling the Indo-Pacific: India, US, Japan Australia resurrect quadrilateral dialogue

Reacting cautiously to President Donald Trump changing his focus from "Asia-Pacific" to "Indo-Pacific", the state-run Chinese media has said that the new alliance of India, US, Australia and Japan may end prematurely.

It is learnt that China's rising military presence in the South China Sea figured in talks between Modi and Trump apart from a host of other regional and global issues, including terrorism emanating from Pakistan, North Korea's missile tests, situation in Afghanistan and the Gulf region as well as effect of violence in Myanmar's Rakhaine state.

An External Affairs Ministry statement in New Delhi said foreign officials from India, Australia, Japan and the U.S. met in the Philippines capital and held consultations "on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region".

The formation of a quadrilateral security dialogue comprising India, the US, Australia and Japan was first mooted around 10 years ago but it did not see the light of day.

"I also feel that these relations between India and the United States, they are not just for our mutual interests, but they go much beyond that", he said in Hindi speaking through an interpreter.

"They pledged to enhance their cooperation as Major Defense Partners, resolving that two of the world's great democracies should also have the world's greatest militaries", said a readout issued by White House. President Trump, in a November 10 speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in.

Terming Donald Trump a "commercially minded" president, the article said that he is likely unwilling to assume more responsibility for the economy and security of its allies.

Indian sources say that for now, the U.S. and India are on the "same page" when it comes to Afghanistan and China.

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

"Wherever President Trump has gone and wherever he got an opportunity to talk about India, he spoke very highly about India".

Addressing Trump, he added, "I would like to assure you that whatever the expectations are of the world, of the United States, from India, India has always worked and made efforts to do our bit and to fulfill those expectations".

"It's great to have Prime Minister Modi here".

Calling Modi a "friend" and a "great gentleman", Trump praised him for "doing a fantastic job in bringing around lots of factions in India".

"It's a lot of good reports coming out of India". They "discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

The MEA said the Indian side highlighted India's "Act East" policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

"Today we celebrate your success and we also seek economic partnerships on basis of fairness and reciprocity", he told leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. "In fact, President Trump's Indo-Pacific strategy is even more inclusive geographically than that trade pact would have been".

The top items at the quadrilateral dialogue yesterday included ways of maintaining the "rules based order" in the Indo-Pacific theatre, a review of the happenings in Indo-Pacific and North Korea.