NEW DELHI: “Our objective remains advancing the security and the economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests in the (Indo-Pacific) region,” India’s Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar said at the second Quad(Japan, Australia, India, U.S.) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Tokyo this week. On ‘Talking Point’, Admiral Sunil Lanba(Retd.), Former Chief of the Naval Staff and Chairman, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), Ambassador Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, Former Indian Envoy to Japan and Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri, Former Indian High Commissioner to Australia and Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED), Observer Research Foundation(ORF) share their experience and analysis of the geopolitics involved with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.
While China has criticised the Quad as an attempt to contain it with an ‘Asian NATO, Beijing’s aggressive ambitions are and will be a driving force in the Quad’s evolution and momentum. The panel discusses the trajectory of the Quad as a multilateral forum even as India pursues sailing its course of strategic autonomy.