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US: Secy of State Blinken to hold 'Quad' meet with Australia, India, Japan

Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in a telephone call last week to strengthen Indo-Pacific security through the Quad

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Blinken will also discuss shared global challenges with counterparts from France, Germany and the UK in a separate call on Thursday, Price said.

US State Department Secretary will be speaking to his counterparts from Japan, and India soon as part of the "Quad" group of countries, said Ned Price, State Department Spokesperson, on Wednesday (local time).

The initiative is expected to put an end to the economic coercion tactics of China and cooperation with Japan and other allies will checkmate Chinese development assistance and its hegemony in the region.

While announcing Blinken's upcoming call, Price said, "This discussion with Foreign Ministers is critical to advancing our shared goals of a free and open Indo Pacific and rising to the defining challenges of our time."

This comes as members of the framework- the US, India, Japan and - are working to arrange the first meeting of their leaders amid China's growing clout in the region, reported the Japan Times.

The Biden administration appears eager to build on the renewed attention to the grouping of the four major Indo-Pacific democracies, with security adviser Jake Sullivan calling it "a foundation upon which to build substantial American policy in the Indo-Pacific", reported the daily quoting a source.

According to the source, the US has already proposed to other countries the idea of holding an online meeting of the Quad leaders.

During the envisioned meeting, the Quad members are expected to discuss cooperation for the realisation of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" amid concerns over China's maritime assertiveness in the region. It is speculated that China may react with displeasure to the meeting.

The Japan Times reported that for the first time under the Quad framework, the foreign ministers of the four countries met in New York in 2019. The four countries held another meeting last year in Tokyo during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the October meeting, then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reprimanded the dragon (China) for using its economic power to increase its hegemony over the neighbouring countries in South Asia.

Pompeo brought to the forum a denunciation of China's "exploitation, corruption, and coercion" of neighbouring countries. He said, "This is for the soul of the world. This is about whether this will be a world that operates in this sense that we're on a rules-based international order system or one that's dominated by a coercive totalitarian regime like the one in China.

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First Published: Thu, February 18 2021. 06:48 IST
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