- THE EURASIAN TIMES - Sep 30, 2020 -
There is hardly a month left for US presidential elections and there is a grave possibility of a war between the US and China in the South China Sea where Washington had earlier deployed three aircraft carriers apart from the unending verbal-war over the spread of COVID-19.
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The US has been encircling China with many of its allies like Japan, India, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines etc to cut China from the Straits of Malacca from where the bulk of Chinese exports reach the Middle-East, European and US markets.
Earlier, the US had released its Pentagon report on September 2, 2020, to let the whole world know about the burgeoning Chinese power, in which the US too has been left behind and acting fast to the prevalent currents, Washington took Japan in confidence and announced the formation of QUAD on the lines of NATO, which would include Australia, Japan, India and the US.
The importance given to the project can be observed as the US made its top diplomat, Deputy Secretary of State Stephan Biegun to announce it (QUAD) on the lines of NATO or the European Union as a counter to China in the Indo-Pacific region.
‘There is certainly an invitation there at some point to formalize a structure like this,” Biegun said.
Known officially as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the grouping is an informal strategic forum of the four democracies that hold semiregular summits and joint military drills and discusses regional economic and development assistance.
It is often credited as the brainchild of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, whose August 2007 speech titled “Confluence of the Two Seas” provided the foundations for the ‘grouping’, published in The Times of Japan on September 1, 2020.