US says ‘Quad’ nations ready to cooperate each other
Published: 04:43 PM, 15 October 2020
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beigun
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beigun on Monday said that Quad countries, including India, Australia, and Japan with the United States, are ready to cooperate each other to build a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific region.’
Earlier, the United States, Japan, Australia, and India formed a security strategy named ‘Quad’ in 2007. Through this, Washington has been pushing for closer collaboration against China’s growing regional influence.
Beigun said that the Quad is partnership-driven by shared interests which is not binding obligations and is not intended to be an exclusive grouping. Any country that seeks a free and open Indo-Pacific is welcome to work with us.
The quad partners could deepen relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. They can cooperate to protect maritime freedom, he added.
However, China has called on the United States to drop its ‘Cold War mentality’ and the country condemned the quad as an attempt to control China’s development.