Biden tries to revive the “Quad”, alliance with India, Japan and Australia

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the American president, Joe Biden, continues to move the chips in the Indo-Pacific region when receiving this Friday, 24, the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia, after announcing last week a spectacular military alliance between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Biden, who wants to contain China’s growing influence, intends to revive the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue”.

The also called “Quad” was drafted after the devastating tsunami of 2004 and formalized in 2007, but has been inactive for a long time.

After a virtual summit in March, Biden reunites it in person and at a high level.

The guests are Scott Morrison (Australia), with whom Biden had already met in person this week, Narendra Modi (India) and Yoshihide Suga (Japan), with whom Biden also has bilateral dialogues this Friday.

Along with the Indian Prime Minister, in the Oval Office, Biden described the day’s program: “Today we are going to talk about what else we can do to fight covid-19, address climate challenges and ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region “.

“Turn to Asia”

When reactivating the “Quad”, Biden is somehow pursuing the “Asia shift” of American foreign policy, a goal cherished by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

But after the announcement of the Aukus, as the agreement with the UK and Australia is known — and its contract for nuclear-powered submarines that infuriated France — Washington wants to present the “Quad” in a light of consensus.

It is an “informal” and “intimate” cenacle, designed to “develop better channels of communication,” senior White House officials told reporters.

There is no “military” objective, they insisted, asserting that the “Quad” would be “complementary” to other regional initiatives, in response to a question about its articulation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Some members of this organization, comprising Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, fear that the US offensive in the region will escalate with China.