The United States seeks to formalise its closer defence ties with countries of the India-Pacific region — India, Japan and Australia — similar to something like the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) with an aim to counter China, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said on Monday.
H/T: The Economic Times
"The Indo-Pacific region is actually lacking in strong multilateral structures. They do not have anything of the fortitude of NATO or the European Union. The strongest institutions in Asia oftentimes are not, I think, not inclusive enough and so ... there is certainly an invitation there at some point to formalise a structure like this," Biegun said.
"Starting with the Quad, starting with just the four might be a very important start, and it’s something that I think in the second term of the Trump administration or, were the President not to win, the first term of the next president, it could be something that would be very much worthwhile to be explored. I’d just be very careful to not define it solely as an initiative to contain or to defend against China. I don’t think that’s enough. And then second, I would be careful not to be too ambitious in that as well. I’ve heard – I’ve heard loose talk about an Indo-Pacific NATO and so on. But remember, even NATO started with relatively modest expectations and a number of countries chose neutrality over NATO membership in post-World War II Europe. The original NATO North Atlantic alliance only had 12 members relative to its 27 today. So you can start a little bit smaller and grow into your membership. But remember, even NATO started with relatively modest expectations and a number of countries (initially) chose neutrality over NATO membership."
#Breaking— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) September 1, 2020
Deputy Secretary Biegun at @USISPForum
There’s going to be a ministerial meeting of the #QUAD, this fall in Delhi – that’s the intention anyway – in person.
It’s also obviously indeed in our interest to have India as a partner in these issues.https://t.co/jcFVaKYjDj
"As the fulcrum of global geopolitics and economics shifts to the Indo-Pacific, our partnership with India has become all the more vital" says, Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of State@StateDept pic.twitter.com/JgXq1fQbtV— Abhishek Jha (@abhishekjha157) September 1, 2020
A quad ministerial meet between India, US, Australia and Japan is being planned and is expected to take place in the Indian capital of New Delhi, according to US deputy secretary of state Stephen Biegun.@Shobhit10Mittal brings you the story pic.twitter.com/I98EhY8izG— WION (@WIONews) September 2, 2020
US seeks formal alliance similar to Nato with India, Japan and Australia, State Department official says https://t.co/JxnNG00gOh— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) August 31, 2020
“China is repressing the Tibetans and Uyghurs, has breached an agreement with the UK on the transition of Hong Kong, and is “near hostilities with the government of India” and “in a state of hostility with the people of Taiwan”, Biegun said.#TRUMP2020 https://t.co/1RKOCOCwmq— Intrepid (@RuDauntless) September 1, 2020
Some thoughts from me on Stephen Biegun's remarks yesterday. https://t.co/a2Zk7mZRFw— Abhijnan Rej (@AbhijnanRej) September 1, 2020
..it’s in the #GalwanValley of India on the India-Chinese border, or whether it’s in the South Pacific. We’re also doing it economically.”— Oceanner (@Oceanworldfree) September 1, 2020
Biegun made the statement during a conversation with former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma at a leadership summit organised by ..
Another report from Vasabjit looks at the American public's highly favorable views of the Quad.— Jeff M. Smith (@Cold_Peace_) August 31, 2020
79% of Republicans and 73% of Democrats "would support a United States alliance with Australia, Japan and India in order to prevent China from dominating the Asia-Pacific region." https://t.co/HhHxWQb6KU pic.twitter.com/CsyfeTeYGl