Rattled by the first in-person summit of leaders of Quad countries—India, Australia, Japan and the US—scheduled on September 24, China has hit back saying that the cooperation between the countries should not target third parties.
Notably, US President Joe Biden will be hosting the summit to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga.
What China said
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “China believes that any regional cooperation framework should go with the trend of the times and be conducive to mutual trust and cooperation between the regional countries. It should not target any third party or harm their interests.”
He added, “To form exclusive cliques targeting other countries does not conform with the country’s aspirations, won’t be popular and has no future. I want to stress that China is not only an engine for economic growth in the Asia Pacific, it is also the main force safeguarding peace,” he said, adding that China’s growth is an increase in “forces for peace” in the world and “good news” for the region.
Zhao Lijian said, “Relevant countries should abandon the obsolete Cold War mentality and narrow-minded geopolitical rivalry concept and view correctly and respect people’s aspiration in the region and do more things conducive to regional solidarity and cooperation.”
Key issues at Quad Summit
As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year.
They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, climate change and education.
“The summit would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
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