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 was�first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. However, the idea couldn�t 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 a�powerful platform to advance its interests in East Asia
  • It will deepen India�s ties with US, Australia and Japan
  • It is an initiative with the objective�of promoting stability and maritime alliance in IOR, trade and commerce
  • It will give a�collective voice to Asian democracies to counter China�s 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.

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