The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), commonly known as Quad Summit, has been a diplomatic pressure point for China, which has often released statements critical of the grouping. The upcoming meeting on September 24 has also faced heat from the Asian nation.
In a statement released earlier this month, Beijing said that the Quad alliance — consisting of the United States, India, Japan and Australia — has been created to target China. The statement added that such groupings will not be popular and have no future.
China on Wednesday cold-shouldered United States President Joe Biden’s claim that Washington will not seek a “new Cold War”, saying America should avoid its “zero-sum game” and formation of “small cliques” against Beijing, PTI reported.
The response came after Biden, during an address at the United Nations General Assembly, said that the United States is “not seeking a new Cold War”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping who spoke hours after Biden’s speech also referred to the “formation of circles” in his speech, apparently hitting out at the Quad grouping and AUKUS, a similar alliance that compromises Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.
According to reports from Hindustan Times, China has previously tagged Quad to be “detrimental to the international order”.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, said in a statement, “Relevant countries should abandon outdated zero-sum game thinking and narrow geopolitical concepts, take a correct view of China’s development, respect the hearts of the people in the region, and do more things that are conducive to promoting unity and cooperation of regional countries”, Hindustan Times reported.
The Quad Summit later this week is expected to touch base on key topics like Indo-Pacific security, COVID-19 pandemic, technology, regional cooperation and climate change.