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Quadrilateral move worries China

China is worried that India, United States, Japan and Australia will work together to undermine its international influence with the revival of their quadrilateral dialogue.

The first meeting of the dialogue would take place after a break of nearly a decade on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Manila on November 13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit.

Chinese foreign ministry expressed hope that the dialogue is not used for “targeting or damaging third party’s interest”.

The ministry stated, ” China has noticed the relevant news reports+ . We hope the collaboration among relevant countries could comply with the trend of times, which refers to peace, development, cooperation and shared benefits, and conform to the prospect of… common security and development.

“We hope it would be beneficial for improving mutual trust among countries and regions, and at the same time, safeguard and promote peace, tranquillity, and prosperity within the area, without targeting or damaging a third party’s interest.”

US President Donald Trump arrived in Japan as part of his Asia tour on Sunday. The concept of quadrilateral dialogue+ was mooted in 2007 but has not made any progress since then.

A Chinese expert, Prof Lian Degui of Shanghai International Studies University, said India can hardly contribute to the development in the region because it’s struggling with its own economic challenges.

“If the US, Japan, Australia and India can coordinate and support infrastructure construction and economic development of Indo-Pacific countries, they are more than welcome. But if they try to incorporate values into economic issues and display prejudice and hostility toward other countries, they will not bring stability to the region,” Lian wrote in Global Times.

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