LAST UPDATED: March 16, 2021, 10:34 a.m.
Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came together for the QUAD Summit 2021 and confirmed that they worked for an independent, open, safe and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
This has rattled China and the Chinese government has criticized the summit saying that no ‘small groups’ should be formed.
Without naming any country, China said that some nations are trying to create a threat to Chinese interests and promote discord among regional nations.
“Some countries should avoid their Cold War mentality and ideological bias. One should avoid forming small groups and do more work, which are conducive to solidarity and cooperation between peace and stability in regional countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
The Chinese official’s strong reaction came when he was asked to comment on the four QUAD leaders while discussing the challenge presented by China. Zhao said that some countries have for long been misleading about the so-called ‘China threat’ and disrupting their relations with China to create discord among regional countries.
The virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) summit took place for the first time on March 12. A joint opinion letter was issued by the four leaders presiding over the meeting and reiterated their commitment to make the Indo-Pacific region free, open, secure.
It was decided at the high-level summit that huge investments would be made in India so that the country could produce a large amount of COVID-19 vaccines for the Indo-Pacific region.