New Delhi open to India-Japan-US-Australia quadrilateral

Written by October 27, 2017 18:41

New Delhi: In the wake of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s suggestion to add Australia to the Japan-India-US dialogue process, a senior official here said New Delhi is open to work with like-minded countries that advance India’s interests.

“India is open to working with like-minded countries on issues that advance our interests and promote our viewpoint,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly media briefing here. “We are not rigid in this regard.”

This idea was for the leaders of the four nations to promote free trade and defence cooperation across a stretch of ocean from the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean and all the way to Africa.

It would be aimed at counteracting China’s aggressive maritime expansion under its Belt and Road initiative. China’s plans would cement a sphere of influence for Beijing well beyond Asia.

According to The Nikkei report, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will present the proposal to US President Donald Trump on November 6.