President Biden and Prime Ministers Narendra Modi (India), Yoshihide Suga (Japan) and Scott Morrison (Australia) will discuss deepening ties, fighting Covid-19 and climate change, cooperation on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific, Washington has iterated. But the elephant in the room is still the hesitancy to formalise a framework of security-military cooperation between Quad nations which could lead to treaty commitments to come to each other’s aid in the event of an act of aggression against any of its members. Of course, joint military ~ especially naval ~ exercises are very much part of the Quad’s engagement, but these are widely regarded as more showboating than substantial in strategic terms. (Read More)
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