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India, Australia, US and Japan hold first 'quadrilateral' meeting

India, Australia, US and Japan hold first 'quadrilateral' meeting

The top items at the quadrilateral dialogue yesterday included ways of maintaining the "rules based order" in the Indo-Pacific theatre, a review of the happenings in Indo-Pacific and North Korea.

An article in "Global Times" pointed out that the Trump administration has proposed a new South Asia policy which aims to strengthen relations with India in order to increase U.S. influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

The talks between the two leaders came a day after officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held their first meeting to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the Indo-Pacific region "free and open".

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In his speech, Geng Shuang also mentioned, "US-brokered proposal of these countries to ensure free and open "Indo-Pacific"... should avoid politicising or excluding some relevant parties".

Beijing is been accused by US, Japan and other nations of undermining the "rules-based order" in Indo-Pacific. The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region.

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"From this perspective, the participants discussed the direction for cooperation, including with countries in the region, in upholding the rules-based order and respect for global law in the Indo-Pacific", it said.

"Officials also agreed to work together to address threats to worldwide peace and security posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including the DPRK's (North Korea) nuclear and missile programmes", the Australian foreign ministry said.

The discussions focused on cooperation based on their converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region that they share with each other and with other partners.

It said the four countries committed to continuing the quadrilateral discussions and deepening cooperation on the basis of shared values and principles.

In the 45-minute-long meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, Modi told Trump that both nations can rise beyond bilateral ties and work jointly for the future of Asia, adding that India will try to "live up to the expectations" of the usa and the world.

"From the Asia-Pacific to the Indo-Pacific, indicates an extension of the US' Asian policy direction".