Quad Meet: During the fourth meeting of the Quad Foreign Ministers, a message was sent to Pakistan, China and North Korea advising them not to participate in activities that affect the Indo-Pacific region. There are threats to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. However, no nation or leaders were named (except North Korea and its recent flurry of ballistic missile tests) in the context of cross-border terrorism, aggression in the South and East China Seas and instability in Afghanistan.
In a joint statement, Quad foreign ministers condemned the use of behind-the-scenes terrorists for cross-border terrorism, while also encouraging other countries to work unitedly to eliminate the safe havens of terrorism.
Without naming any specific nation, the ministers said in a joint statement, “We condemn the use of behind-the-scenes terrorists for cross-border terrorism and to eliminate terrorist safe havens from countries. disrupting terrorist networks and the infrastructure and financial channels that maintain them; And urge us to work together to stop the cross-border movement of terrorists.”
Support India’s stand
The statement also reflects the support of the US, Australia and Japan in India’s fight against terrorism as they condemned the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks. These statements can also be seen as highlighting the role of Pakistan in creating instability in the Jammu and Kashmir region. All members also agreed that Afghanistan should be prevented from becoming a safe haven for terrorism.
What the Japanese, Australian and US Secretary of State said
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi was vocal about the threats posed to the region and Japan by aggression in the South China Sea and East China Sea. He referred to Chinese exercises in the region, though did not name any country.
Yoshimasa Hayashi also highlighted that the flurry of Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile tests is a constant threat to the stability of the region. Hayashi also elaborated on how important Taiwan is to the region’s security and economic prosperity, and said he would attend the Quad Heads of State meeting later this year.
Australian Foreign Minister Payne spoke about countries that are heavily indebted to China and are compromising national interests because of their dependence on China. “We oppose coercive economic policies and practices and will work collectively to promote global economic resilience against such actions,” Payne said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Indo-Pacific region will shape the 21st century. He hinted at the Ukraine crisis, saying that what is happening halfway from Australia matters because it can happen to any country if such actions are allowed unabated. This statement points to US claims of Russian aggression on the Ukrainian border.
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