US President Joe Biden said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping once told him he was backing Quad against China.
China, which has territorial disputes with many countries in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, has vehemently opposed the Quad alliance since its formation.
Biden, at a Democratic Party fundraising event at a private residence in Seattle on Friday, said he had indicated to Xi that I would bring together the Quad: Australia, India, Japan and the United States. He said, ‘You’re doing this just to affect us.’ I said, ‘No, it’s because we’re trying to bring together those people who have the opportunity to work together in the Indo-Pacific.
“The fact is that one of the things that autocrats fear the most – and India has its own problems; all of these countries have their own problems – is the notion that somehow we we can work together in concert and unlike what are essentially dictatorships, which many countries have become, especially not only China but Russia and many other countries… the Philippines, he said.
In February, China called the Quad alliance a “tool” to contain China’s rise and maintain US hegemony.
“China believes that the so-called Quad group cobbled together by the United States, Japan, India and Australia is essentially a tool to contain and besiege China in order to maintain American hegemony.
It aims to stir up confrontation and undermine international solidarity and cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing in February.
At the party’s fundraising event, Biden said that when he was elected, Russian President Vladimir Putin thought he would easily be able to dissolve the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO ).
“It was part of his goal from the very beginning. And I know I’ve been saying this for eight years, but it was part of his goal,” he said.
But the irony of all ironies to that…he got exactly what he didn’t want, Biden said.
The US president said Putin sought to pursue the finlandization (the process by which a country is made to favor or refrain from opposing the interests of a more powerful country) of Europe. Instead, he convinced Finland to join NATO and Sweden to join NATO. His action generates the exact opposite of what he intended.
“I’m not saying it makes it easier. But the fact is we have a situation where the Ukrainian people are incredibly brave; they’re incredibly resolute, not just the military who have been trained, but the people on the streets .
“They lie to Putin’s theory that because they are of Slavic origin and many spoke Russian, there would somehow be a welcome party. It’s the exact opposite that happened,” Biden added.
In November 2017, the United States, Australia, India and Japan gave shape to the long-standing proposal to create the Quad to develop a new strategy to maintain critical Indo-Pacific sea routes. free from all influence, in the midst of the growing Chinese army. presence in the strategic region.
China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. Beijing is also embroiled in a maritime dispute with Japan over the East China Sea.
The Quad leaders, at their first in-person summit in Washington in September last year hosted by US President Biden, pledged to ensure a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, which is also “inclusive and resilient,” as they noted. that the strategically vital region, witnessing China’s growing military maneuvers, is the bedrock of their shared security and prosperity.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian is keen to point out that with the Cold War long over, the attempt to forge a so-called alliance to contain China is garnering no support and leading nowhere. .
Zhao also alleged that the United States exaggerated the Chinese threat theory in order to “smear, oppress and contain China’s development”.
Meanwhile, the next in-person Quad Summit is expected to be hosted by Japan next month.
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