The United States is getting ready to host leaders of India, Australia and Japan for the first-ever in-person Quad summit on September 24, and China is not happy. Hitting out at US President Joe Biden, China said on Tuesday that formation of “cliques” targeting other countries “won’t be popular” and has “no future”.
The Quad summit, the first in-person meeting of the coalition, will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga meet in Washington to discuss geopolitics. On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that cooperation between countries should not target third parties.
“China believes that any regional cooperation framework should go with the trend of the times and be conducive to mutual trust and cooperation between the regional countries. It should not target any third party or harm their interests,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson added, reports PTI.
Lijian further said that to form exclusive cliques targeting other countries does not conform with the country’s aspirations. “I want to stress that China is not only in an engine for economic growth in Asia Pacific, it is also the main force safeguarding peace.” China is good news for the region, Lijian asserted.
“Relevant countries should abandon the obsolete Cold War mentality and narrow-minded geopolitical rivalry concept and view correctly and respect people’s aspiration in the region and do more things conducive to regional solidarity and cooperation,” said the Chinese spokesperson.
The Quad was formed in 2017 by India, Japan, the United States and Australia to give shape to a long-pending coalition to keep critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence. The first Quad summit was organised by US President Joe Biden in March. The event was organised in a virtual format owing to pandemic precautions.
According to Quad leaders, the coalition aims to strive for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion. The Quad summit will take place on September 24 amid increasingly aggressive behaviour by China in the region.