Connect with us


How Has China Reacted To QUAD As India, US, Japan, Australia Inch Towards Asian NATO?



India has finally extended an invitation to Australia to join the Malabar Exercise 2020 which also includes the US and Japan. Australia will join the Malabar exercise after 13 years – Canberra last participated in the Naval drills in 2007. 

Stealth Is Overrated; US’ 6th-Gen Fighter Jets Will Focus On EWS To Counter Russian, Chinese Next-Gen Missiles

This year the exercise is expected to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea and is scheduled to be held in November.

“As India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy,” Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Monday.

In the backdrop of Chinese aggression, New Delhi’s decision came after the Quad countries – the US, Japan, India and Australia met in Tokyo on October 6.

While all the four members are facing hostilities from China, the officials of Japan, India and Australia refrained from using China’s name although the US’ State Secretary, Mike Pompeo, didn’t hold back. 

He openly criticised China for being an aggressor in the “South [China Sea], in the East China Sea, the Mekong, the Himalayas, the Taiwan Straits.” “As partners in this Quad, it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) exploitation, corruption, and coercion,” stated Pompeo.

He blamed Beijing’s “authoritarian regime” for “cover-up” of the COVID-19 pandemic by “silencing” citizens who raised warnings.

Harsh Pant a professor of international relations at London’s Kings College told SCMP that India’s push towards Quad, especially with the invitation to Australia, is surely aimed at China.

“Each time the Quad is even mentioned, China goes ballistic,” Pant said. Amid rising Chinese assertiveness, such a reaction might be egging India on, he added. “If it rattles China’s cage, why not rattle it well? That is what India is trying,” he said.

Stealth Is Overrated; US’ 6th-Gen Fighter Jets Will Focus On EWS To Counter Russian, Chinese Next-Gen Missiles

A Global Times (GT) editorial, a daily tabloid newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party, said that the inclusion of Australia in the Malabar exercise is aimed at putting pressure on China. 

The tabloid blamed the US for turning the Quad into ‘Asian NATO’. “The three [India, Japan and Australia] have seen a “threat” because they are unaccustomed to China’s rise, but have developed realistic relationships with China’s rapid growth.”

While the editorial addressed the territorial disputes with India and Japan, it blamed Australia for following the US that resulted in tensions between Beijing and Canberra.


Modi and Trump

“China cannot prevent gatherings of the four countries by exerting diplomatic pressure. But China has had the initiative in its relations with India, Japan, and Australia, with abundant resources to keep them away from the US’ anti-China strategy,” stated the tabloid.

“Take India. China-India border frictions are not so easy to address. But it is believed that both countries hope to prevent their frictions from becoming strategic hostility. It is clearly against India’s interests to abandon its strategic autonomy and play a pawn of the US just because of India-China border issues,” it added.

It further called the concept of Quad “primitive” saying that the geopolitical ties and contradictions of the four members with China are different and thus have different expectations and demands from the Quad which is going to prevent them in creating an anti-China alliance.

“For a long time, India was appeasing China and being extra sensitive and cautious. That [approach] is being reviewed and the Quad is a good example,” retired Indian Navy Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar told SCMP.

Russia Shot-Down A Total Of Nine Turkish Bayraktar Drones Near Its Armenia Military Base – Russian Media Reports

GT goes a step further predicting how India will realise that China poses no threat and the Quad group won’t be of any help in the India-China border conflict, that heightened in June after the troops of both sides got into a violent clash. 

“India has to face China by itself. China and India could reduce frictions through negotiations. China will not hesitate to resort to military means if need be. There is no place for the QUAD group in the China-India border issues,” it warned.




Americas5 hours ago

What Is US’ Most Lethal Submarine Killer – The P-8 Poseidon Doing On India-China Border At 15,000 Feet?

US-made Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, also known as ‘Submarine Killer’, has been deployed in Eastern Ladakh near the...

Featured6 hours ago

Indian BrahMos Goes Global; After Indonesia, Brazil Looks To Arms Its Gripen Jets With Indo-Russian Missile

The BrahMos-NG is intended to be a mini-version of the existing BrahMos, being lighter and shorter while still having a...

CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600 CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600
Asia Pacific6 hours ago

Seaplanes Set To Make A Comeback As China Threatens The US With Its Amphibious ‘Fish Dragon’

Decades ago, seaplanes proved their might during World War I for surveillance and reconnaissance. Not just that, seaplanes were later...

eurasian times eurasian times
Featured8 hours ago

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Near Tehran; Fingers Raised Towards Mossad

A senior scientist linked to the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran on Friday,...

indian-air-force indian-air-force
Featured11 hours ago

Third Indian MiG-29 Crashes In A Year – Is It Time To Bid Adieu To Russian Jets & Welcome Western Fighters?

The Indian Navy said on Friday that a MiG-29K trainer aircraft had crashed in the Arabian Sea around 5 pm...

Featured12 hours ago

Modi’s Trillion Dollar Baby: India Bets Big On Its Largest Govt-Funded Project – The Bullet Train

India is gearing up to build its first bullet train corridor covering 508 kilometers between Mumbai and Ahemdabad. The National...

india-russia india-russia
EurAsian Region13 hours ago

India, Russia To Showcase Their Naval Might In Joint Drills In Baltic Sea

The Russian and Indian navies are likely to conduct joint drills in the Baltic Sea sometime next year, according to...

Pakistani-Passport Pakistani-Passport
Featured14 hours ago

UAE Visa Ban Starts To Pinch Pakistan; 3000 Jobs Lost In First Week As Indian Workers Rejoice

OPED By Haider Abbas

Bubonic Plague Bubonic Plague
Americas16 hours ago

As China Slips In The Covid-19 Vaccine Race, Will Russia Eclipse The US & UK To Get The 1st Shot Out?

As the world continues to battle Covid-19, a study on the efficacy of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine, published in the...

Featured17 hours ago

#LoveJihad: Democratic India Plans To Combat ‘Love Jihad’ In An Attempt To Control Interfaith Marriages

Hindu right-wing has coined the term “love jihad”, to describe the marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy....