After a series of warnings issued by the US have been ignored by China, US President Joe Biden's administration announced on Thursday talks with India, Japan and Australia to renew the alliance of Quad.
Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, is scheduled to talk with his counterparts in the Quad-allied countries on a virtual meeting with agendas like climate change and the pandemic.
Ned Price, the spokesperson for the US State Department said, "These discussions with the Quad foreign ministers are critical to advancing our shared goals of a free and open Indo-Pacific and rising to the defining challenges of our times."
The alliance, which was initiated in 2007, was the brainchild of Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Quad alliance was formed to counter the threats posed by China.
India and Australia, the key players in maintaining international peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, were second-guessing the idea of straining relations with China. However, the recent past has changed the dynamics of the relations shared between these countries which resulted in the strengthening of Quad.
Malabar exercises, a joint naval initiative for training the armed forces were carried out in 2020, with Australia joining in for the first time in the regular exercises. It was carried out in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, which are key territories for the Indo-Pacific region.
After an intense standoff between India's armed forces and China in the laps of the Himalayas resulted in the death of at least 20 Indian personnel and an undisclosed number of Chinese casualties, India was compelled to compromise on its traditional strategy of "non-allignment".
US President Joe Biden previously spoke to Indian PM Narendra Modi, however, no statements about the alliance were made except a small hint of building "a free and open Indo-Pacific" and "working with like-minded countries".