Evaluate the origin and significance of the Quad. How Quad strategy is different from other multilaterals?
Published: June 3, 2019
Quad is the Regional coalition .The quadrilateral formation includes Japan, India, United States and Australia. All four nations have a common ground of being the democratic nations and common interests of unhindered maritime trade and security.
Origin of Quad:
The idea wasï¿½first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. However, the idea couldnï¿½t move ahead with Australia pulling out of it. It has been recently revived and is being viewed as response to increased Chinese economic and military power.
Significance of the Quad:
- It provides India aï¿½powerful platform to advance its interests in East Asia
- It will deepen Indiaï¿½s ties with US, Australia and Japan
- It is an initiative with the objectiveï¿½of promoting stability and maritime alliance in IOR, trade and commerce
- It will give aï¿½collective voice to Asian democracies to counter Chinaï¿½s assertiveness
Quad strategy is different from other multilaterals:
The quad is necessary to counter growing Chinese unilateralism in Asia.Quad is an opportunity for like-minded countries. They can share notes and collaborate on projects of mutual interest. All four countries share a vision of an open and free Indo-Pacific.The challenge before the quad grouping lies in finding areas of mutual interest.All the member nations should work with cooperation.
Model Questions Category: 054 - Bilateral Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements