Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who is the Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India and foreign ministers of 3 other democracies of the United States of America, Japan and Australia attended the Quad Indo-Pacific meet today in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. This four major Indo-Pacific democracies knew as ‘Quad’.
This meeting was to discuss the connectivity and infrastructure development, terrorism, cyber and maritime security and stability and prosperity in the region.
Apart from S Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs of India, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of United State of America, Toshimitsu Motegi, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Marise Payne, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia attended this meeting. This meeting, hosted by Yoshihide Suga, the Prime Minister of Japan.
This is the 2nd meeting of the Quad, formed in 2017 to cooperate on security issues from economic and regional aspects. The government officials of 4 countries re-declared the value of having a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. In the backdrop of the border dispute with China and the south-east Asian giant’s aggressive military behaviour in the Indo-Pacific and the South China Sea.
For years, China has been associated in territorial conflicts in the South and East China Seas, which is an area told to have ample resources of minerals, oil and other natural reserves.
S Jaishankar said, “upholding the rules-based international order, underpinned by the rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes”. China claims supremacy over all of the South China Sea areas where Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan have counterclaims, these are just a few examples, where China has been involved in territorial disputes.