Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting A Surprise Warning For China

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India seems to have finally shed its inhibitions, in a manner of speaking, to have a Quad meeting at the ministerial level. On Thursday, the four members of this grouping–U.S., India, Australia and Japan will be meeting for the first time–at the foreign ministers’ level on the margins of the UN general Assembly in New York. Ever since its revival in November 2017, the Quad had met four times but only at the joint-secretary level. New Delhi, it was evident, did not want to upset Beijing and therefore was hesitant to have consultations at a higher level under the Quad’s ambit. Clearly, there has been a rethink in India’s approach towards this grouping that’s widely perceived to be a move to contain China’s expansionist tendencies. While, for now, the Quad does not have a military element, with China being the elephant in the room, militarisation of this grouping cannot be ruled out in the near future. On ‘Our Take’, SNI Editor Surya Gangadharan and Deputy Editor Parul Chandra discuss all this and more.

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