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Essence: Editorial is looking at Quad grouping from four dimensions which are likely to unfold its impact. First dimension is the recent boost received to India US ties from visit of external affairs minister & attention given to cooperation in the fight against Covid and deepening of bilateral security, defence, and economic relations. Indo Pacific being the pivotal centre of Quad dynamics & European Union (EU) announcing its Indo-Pacific strategy in April, can be regarded as second dimension. Now third dimension represents the Quad’s vulnerability, as ASEAN nations have been largely silent on the Quad’s assertiveness. While China’s continuing aggression is ignored. A major ASEAN grievance is the Biden administration’s delay in connecting with ASEAN capitals at the highest political levels. Another is the Quad’s relative silence and inaction on Myanmar, even as ASEAN’s mediation initiative has received public support from China. And fourth dimension represents Quad’s outreach in the South Pacific Ocean. Additional policy suggestion is given for US administration, that it should initiate a rapprochement with Moscow, to weaken Russia China alliance. And we should remember, Quad’s conflict with China is not only about maritime security and rule of law, but also about economy and new technology.
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Article Link: https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/the-four-dimensions-that-will-shape-quad-101623237190236.html
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