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The Quad: Japan, US, India and Australia met in Oct 2020 to discuss regional security issues including concerns about China.

Summary

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) is an informal strategic forum with semi-regular summits, information exchanges and exercises, including MALABAR. It includes Japan, the US, India and Australia. The Quad was initiated by Japan and was designed to bring together some of the world’s most capable democracies to discuss trade and regional security issues. A significant security issue is how the Quad can better deal with challenges presented by China. in the region According to Shoebridge, China’s recent assertiveness has resulted in a collapse in China’s soft power. What do you think will occur with the Quad if distrust of China grows across the region? How might that affect Australia's relationship with China?