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Quad meeting held in Bangkok

Date: 02 June 2019 Tags: International Organizations

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting was recently held in Bangkok, Thailand for consultations on their collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. It was attended by senior officials from US, Australia, India, and Japan.

Outcomes of Meeting

  • They affirmed their strong support for ASEAN centrality and ASEAN-led regional architecture, as well as their support for other regional institutions, including Indian Ocean Rim Association and Pacific Islands Forum.
  • They also reaffirmed their shared commitment to preserving and promoting the rules-based order in the region.They underscored their intent to continue close coordination and collaboration in support of sustainable, private-sector led development, maritime security, and good governance.
  • They discussed initiatives undertaken by each country to encourage transparent, principles-based investment in quality infrastructure in accordance with international standards and leverage the potential of the private sector.
  • They agreed to continue to explore opportunities to enhance cooperation including in support of regional disaster response, cybersecurity, maritime security, counterterrorism, and non-proliferation. They also underscored their intent to continue regular consultations on Indo-Pacific engagement and initiatives together and with other interested countries and institutions.

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad)

It is an informal strategic grouping consisting of four pro-democratic countries – United States, India, Japan, and Australia. The grouping is seen by many as counter to China's increasing economic and military might. It was originally initiated in 2007 but later disbanded after withdrawal of Australia. However, it was n revived again in 2017 in response to increased Chinese economic and military power.