On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State lashed out at China at a conference in Tokyo of US regional confederates. Pompeo blamed China’s ruling Communist Party of “exploitation, corruption and coercion”.
He was engaging with counterparts from Japan, India and Australia – a group acknowledged as “The Quad” – to discuss an increasingly outspoken China.
Beneath the Trump presidency, associations between China and the US have plunged to their most unfavorable in decades. Washington has been making endeavours to reinforce affinities with regional allies.
The Quad – the other members, represented by Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi, Australia’s Marise Payne and India’s Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – held this to address other concerns which include pandemic and cybersecurity.
Pompeo had also tweeted about looking forward to the increased cooperation to promote unison vision for the Indo Pacific, with nations that are free, independent, and prosperous.
China has earlier made clear its contempt for the Quad grouping and informed before of the meeting against “exclusive cliques” that target third parties.
The Chinese spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said that the allied countries could progress from the collective interests and can do more things which are favourable to regional peace, development, and stability, not the other way around.
Why is the Quad meeting held now?
This latest conference has come into the picture at the time when countries like The US, Australia and India are having their own tensions with China.
There has been an intense trade war between The US and China since 2018. In the past few months, there have been even more reasons for clashes which include pandemic, Chinese student visa and spying arrests.
Australian affinities with China have also been worsening. In September, Australia evacuated the last two Australian media reporters working in China after a tense five-day diplomatic stalemate.