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15 November 2017, 12:54 | Terri Saunders
India Joins 'Quadrilateral' With Australia, Japan and US to Limit China's Intrusion
There have been concerns over China's growing military presence in the Indo-Pacific and the issue was understood to have figured in a meeting of officials from India, the US, Japan and Australia today under the proposed Quadrilateral coalition of the four countries.
An article in "Global Times" pointed out that the Trump administration has proposed a new South Asia policy which aims to strengthen relations with India in order to increase usa influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
The White House said the two leaders discussed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The PM will also address the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and later attend a reception with members of the Indian community in the> a class="key_underline" href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Philippines" *Philippines.
The article further said that the introduction of the Indo-Pacific concept is a reaction on part of these countries to China's growing global influence as a result of its Belt and Road (B&R) initiative. "This includes upholding the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific and respect for worldwide law, freedom of navigation and overflight, increase connectivity", it said.
Yesterday, representatives of India, US, Japan and Australia gave a thumbs up for a "free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region" after the first meeting on the "Indo-Pacific" on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila.
The Indian side highlighted India's Act East Policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.
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The meeting also deliberated on enhancing cooperation in dealing with challenges of terrorism and talked about tackling proliferation threats, including North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.
The quadrilateral partners committed to deepening cooperation, which rests on a foundation of shared democratic values and principles, and to continue discussions to further strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.
Asked whether the formation of India-Australia-the US- Japan quadrilateral was discussed, Jaishankar said there was a passing mention of it, adding that the meeting of the officials of the four countries was part of diplomacy.
The US and Japan have been pushing for a deeper Indian role in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region.
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