Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

China hopes Quad meet at Asean summit not directed against it

China hopes Quad meet at Asean summit not directed against it

Seen as a first major move towards the quadrilateral security dialogue, or the "quad", the first meeting between officials from the four countries stressed on cooperation for promoting peace and stability in an increasingly inter-connected region, a release issued after the meeting said. Although Trump was addressing a meeting alongside the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Friday, he repeatedly referred to the Indo-Pacific region and mentioned the importance of India in his speech.

The meeting, held a day before the ASEAN summit begins in the Philippines capital, also discussed the "common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region", according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

Japan said the meeting "discussed measures to ensure a free and open worldwide order based on the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific", while the United States said "the officials examined ways to achieve common goals and address common challenges in the region, such as upholding the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, including freedom of navigation and overflight, respect for global law, and the peaceful resolution of disputes".

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"The relevant proposal should be open and inclusive and should be conducive to the win-win cooperation and avoid politicising or excluding some relevant parties", he quoted further.

The term Indo-Pacific gained currency recently, with its usage growing across diplomatic and security circles in US, Australia, India and Japan.

Sources said Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang are also expected to hold meetings with Mr. Modi.

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He added that it was China's "consistent foreign policy" that it would "welcome development of friendly cooperation between relevant countries, and we hope this will not be directed at a third party".

During the meeting of officials, key issues of common interest in the "Indo-Pacific region" were discussed, with an eye on China and the aim reaching a common ground on a "free and open" Indo-Pacific - an apparent reference to freedom of navigation on the South China Sea. The Indo-Pacific concept has figured prominently during the recent visit by President Donald Trump to the region including to Japan and China.

A senior White House official had said that "we have strong and growing ties with India".

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"This should be seen as a regional architecture of India, Japan, Australia ably assisted by Washington in diverse areas such as connectivity, maritime and counter terrorism cooperation with an aim to check the Chinese influence", said Sachin Chaturvedi, director general of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a New Delhi-based think tank. Beijing prefers "Asia-Pacific" but to many the term placed an authoritarian China too firmly at the centre.

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