Quad’s ulterior motives threaten peaceful development in Asia

TOKYO: Behind the sanctimonious statement advocating “opening up” and safeguarding “peace and stability” in the Asia-Pacific region, US ulterior motives in hosting the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Summit (Quad) are sowing the seeds of confrontation and threaten peaceful development in Asia.

The summit, which is attended by Japan, the United States, Australia and India on May 24 in the Japanese capital, is in fact a closed and exclusive “clique” targeting China.

Their claims that Quad would create a “free and open Indo-Pacific” are nothing more than an attempt to create division and incite confrontation in China’s neighborhood.

Washington is obsessed with countering China’s growing influence in Asia and the rest of the world, wallowing in the illusion that if China, which it sees as its main competitor, falls, the only superpower will be able to continue its global hegemony. So he held one summit after another, trying to peddle more of his anti-China strategies.

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(L to R) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greet the media ahead of their Quad meeting at Kishida’s office in Tokyo on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 .AFP PHOTO

Quad is doomed if it continues to ignore the interests of the countries in the region. Earlier this month, the United States tried to lure the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into its anti-China camp. He also pressured member countries to take sides in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, but faced strong opposition.

How daring for Washington to preach itself as a promoter of peace after sowing so much trouble in Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Syria, not to mention the bombings of the former Yugoslavia. Moreover, it continues to deliver arms to Ukraine, prolonging the worst European crisis in decades. Asian countries will never allow such chaos and tragedy to befall their own people.

“Asia now faces great development opportunities. As long as the peaceful environment and cooperation system are strengthened, it will achieve even greater development,” said Kazuteru Saionji, visiting professor at Higashi International University. Japanese. “The US-led ‘quadrilateral mechanism’ and ‘Indo-Pacific economic framework’ is the Cold War mentality that undermines such development opportunities.”

Saionji’s voice was echoed by many Japanese who openly protested US President Joe Biden’s visit to Japan, fearing the US and Japan would lead Asia to war.

Actively cooperating with Washington to weave a network to besiege China, the Japanese government seems to forget the havoc its predecessor wreaked on neighboring countries during World War II.

When asked to comment on the U.S.-Japan talks on the East China Sea, South China Sea and Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China opposes firmly against attempts by the United States and Japan to hype up China’s reputation and interfere in China’s internal affairs.

“Japan has historical responsibilities to the Chinese people on the Taiwan issue. It should speak and act with extra caution, earnestly learn the lessons of history, and avoid repeating past mistakes,” Wang said. .

No matter the disguise, Quad goes against the tide of world peace and development, sounding the alarm to all peace-loving countries and peoples in Asia.

“Quad, its hidden agenda, as far as the United States is concerned, is to create an Asian NATO, which is dangerous for Asia and dangerous for the world,” said Sudheendra Kulkarni, former chairman of the think tank based at Mumbai Observer Research. Foundation.

China has repeatedly said it welcomes any regional cooperation framework that genuinely promotes openness and free trade and contributes to global economic recovery, but opposes Washington’s attempts to derail the regional integration.

Asia-Pacific must become the engine of peace and development. Given Washington’s horrendous record of violating international law, the world should be on guard. In the interests of peaceful development, Quad’s attempt to destabilize the Asia-Pacific region must be resolutely opposed.

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