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QUADRILATERAL SECURITY DIALOGUE (QUAD) 3RD MINISTERIAL MEETING HELD

QUADRILATERAL SECURITY DIALOGUE (QUAD) 3RD MINISTERIAL MEETING HELD

Context

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) held its 3rd ministerial meeting on February 18, 2021.

Details

  • This meeting is the continuation of the views that were exchanged in the 2nd QUAD meeting of October 6, 2020, that was held in Tokyo.
  • The meeting held to exchange their views on global and regional issues.
  • The first meeting of Quad was organized in 2019 in New York.

About Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad)

  • It is the informal strategic dialogue between India, USA, Japan and Australia with a shared objective to ensure and support a “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.
  • The idea of Quad was first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. However, the idea couldn’t move ahead with Australia pulling out of it, apparently due to Chinese pressure.
  • In December 2012, Shinzo Abe again floated the concept of Asia’s “Democratic Security Diamond” involving Australia, India, Japan and the US to safeguard the maritime commons from the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific.
  • In November 2017, India, the US, Australia and Japan gave shape to the long-pending "Quad" Coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence (especially China)

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