A Quad’s rise in the Indo-Pacific that’s rich with irony for Beijing
It was China’s disruptive aggression that made its four members issue such a direct joint statement
It is in the nature of contemporary diplomacy, conducted under the arc lights of 24/7 media obsessed with the ‘breaking news’ phenomenon, that almost every foreign policy engagement is considered ‘historic’. Yet, if any summit of global leaders has the potential of being truly historic in nature, it is last week’s summit of the ‘Quad’ group of countries involving the United States, Japan, Australia and India. For a platform that was struggling to gain traction even till last year, the momentum it has gained in recent months has been nothing short of dramatic. And its first virtual summit meeting lived up to expectations.