US, Japan, India and Australia Meeting to Plan Counter-China While QUAD Leaders Also Meet For Same Goal

U.S. Department of State from United States via Wikimedia Commons

Building on the military ties deepened by the Trump Administration, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be meeting their Japanese counterparts next week to discuss ongoing efforts to deter China and its persistent bullying. This will be the inaugural ‘2+2’ ministerial meeting of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, the Nikkei reported Tuesday.

Separately, the leaders of the four-nation QUAD pact,   consisting of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India,  will be meeting this week as well for the same purpose.

These meetings come as China is increasingly encroaching on Japanese territorial waters, especially near Japan’s Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, as I wrote about earlier. China has also announced that it has given its paramilitary Coast Guard the authority to fire on boats entering what China claimed waters.

Japan is considering further military moves to protect its islands but has already responded with a decision to permit Japanese Coast Guard vessels to also use force if needed.

Last month, China warned the United States against taking a position on the Senkakus, which Beijing’s foreign ministry has referred to as China’s “inherent territory.”

According to UPI: “The meeting is to take place from Monday to Wednesday next week, and the ‘strengthening of U.S.-Japan deterrence against China’ is expected to be on top of the agenda.” As part of this, shared concerns about China’s new coast guard law will take center stage as well.

Meanwhile, reports CNN, the United States this week could also be holding a virtual summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, known as the QUAD. The informal, four-nation pact is also growing in prominence as a counterweight to growing Chinese influence and aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.

This Chinese aggression includes threats and bullying against Taiwan, Japan, and others in the East and South China Seas, and actual bloodshed in military clashes on India’s border.

This would be the first meeting of the leaders of the QUAD pact since Biden was inaugurated. And the first of all four QUAD leaders.

“The Leaders will discuss regional and global issues of shared interest, and exchange views on practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” an announcement from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office said, according to CNN.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Brett Gordon
4 months ago

How ironic that China is in a similar place that other countries were at in the 1930’s. China has built up a military that is too large for just their own defense, like Germany and Japan did before engaging in aggressions against their neighbors resulting in WW2. China needs resources that their own country can’t provide for, so war is the next logical step in their playbook. The 50 year agreement with Hong Cong and China was cancelled by China without explanation and the crackdown on Hong Cong should be concerning to every country with interests in that great city. History appears to be repeating itself because China never learned from the lessons of Japan and Germany from 80 to 90 years ago.

libra
libra
4 months ago
Reply to  Brett Gordon

Who would ever sign an agreement with Communists?. The smart folks from Hong Kong left when the lease with England was about to expire. Many left for B.C. in Canada and Canada is the better for their presence.

russell remmert
russell remmert
4 months ago

biden bought and paid for by China

Lou
Lou
4 months ago

So true

libra
libra
4 months ago

He is their boy all right. They know that Joe has a price and they are willing to buy him

Marina
Marina
4 months ago

Don’t wait today MUST sue Nancy Pelosi for gross negligence causing the wrongful dead of Ashli Babbit in the Capitol riot, she was unarmed, who gave those orders to the the Capitol police to shot an unarmed person without first giving prior notice of that they will be shooting at them , violating the law.
No one is above the Law not even the POTUS, Nancy fired the experienced Capitol chief of police days before the riots and placed an inexperienced person to be in charge, refused the offer from the POTUS TRUMP to have 10,000 troops to stop riots in DC, there are multiple videos that show how the Capitol Police let the rioters in the Capitol and also guide them to the chambers then inside to ambush them and gun down an innocent person.
We The People want the Law to be upheld even to everyone, no one is above the LAW.
Now the say the Capitol police that shot Babbit is in hiding who is helping him to do so, and why they haven’t open an investigation!!!.

Carol
Carol
4 months ago
Reply to  Marina

We won’t see law and order until and unless we get Trump back. Then after his second term trust whom he supports and all will be well again.

Jobert Ronson
Jobert Ronson
4 months ago
Reply to  Marina

Marina: I saw the video where Ashli was supposedly shot. When the shooter fired his weapon, the weapon was pointed down the hall and toward the ceiling, not where she was standing. Ashli fell backwards on her backpack. She was supposedly shot in the neck: anatomy lesson–carotid artery and jugular vein on both sides of the neck. Should have massive amounts of bleeding if she was shot in her neck. Saw her laying on the floor NO blood visible. After about 30 to 45 seconds, I saw her spit out a small amount of red some-thing from her mouth. After that someone in the video said, “That’s a wrap, let’s go home.” She was NOT shot, she was an actor in a staged production designed to make TRUMP look bad – thank you Nancy for the production. Ashli is alive somewhere, NO BLOOD ON ANYONE AROUND HER FROM HER NECK WOUND!!

libra
libra
4 months ago
Reply to  Jobert Ronson

And the conspiracies theories live on with a life of their own. She was removed to a hospital and they announced her death.. All a Hoax??? I think not.

libra
libra
4 months ago
Reply to  Marina

You surely have not heard a word about Ms. Babbitt. Is her family suing for wrongful death?.. I know Nancy will not tell who the cop was who shot her with no warning… This is a cover up so what else is new with Pelosi? The Capital cops know whose weapon was fired. After a shooting death–it is customary to present all weapons from all who were at the scene and have the weapons tested to see which one was fired.. It is just a matter of time to find the executioner. Who has the bullet they took from her body–the coroner? Did the bullet pass through her neck and land outside the window she was climbing through? I have to wonder if a settlement has already been made to the family?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

The QAUD needs to show china, they aren’t pushing nobody around, or bulling anyone,stand up to them and make sure they don’t overstep their bounds, when they know we have a week,frail,senile,old, fool,leader that doesn’t know who he is,where he is, and is the laughing stock of allies and adversaries.. America needs to start standing up like Treump was doing, or get sucked in by china,joe, and his crackhead son getting bribed by china.Hidenbiden is a national security risk.

Pissed Off America
Pissed Off America
4 months ago

China figures it will win and then nothing else matters as they have it all. The quad better figure on going it alone as Commie Joe Panty Sniffer will do anything his Chinese paymaster tells him to degrade their efforts. The quad better keep Commie Joe in the dark as the information will go straight to China.

GeneC
GeneC
4 months ago

The reason Pelosi didn’t want the military there on the 6th of January was, she had Antifa already scheduled to open up congressional building. She orchestrated the whole riot in Washington DC and then tried to blame President Trump with her crimes. This is why the FBI which is part and parcel, with the Democrat Communist Party, at least the leadership of the FBI. The problem is that China is controlling the Mass Media, here in the USA, look at who owns the television stations and who is running them, follow the money. The coup during the election took place with China and Iran changing votes from Trump to Sleepy Joe. This happened across the whole country not just the states that were critical to President Trump. Look at Vermont, Michigan, Arizona all these states proved it happened at a 6% rate fro Trump to Sleepy Joe.

Eugene
Eugene
4 months ago

what ever you do, do not trust Beijing Joe

sTeVe
sTeVe
4 months ago

Great – does anyone trust the USA to work with allies against china?
Seems more likely, under the bidentard administration, that the USA will subvert positive attempts to stop china.

libra
libra
4 months ago

I do not trust China Joe Biden to have any talks with China. Does the USA not have a n Ambassador to discuss items of importance to both countries. Please Joe do not send Obama to do anything for the USA because we know what he and Mike think of we Infidels


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