US President Joe Biden has said that his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping once told him that he was strengthening the Quad against China.
China, which has territorial disputes with many countries in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, has been fiercely opposed to the Quad Alliance since its formation.
Biden said during a Democratic Party fundraiser event in a private residence in Seattle on Friday that he had indicated to Xi that “I would gather Quad: Australia, India, Japan and the United States. He said, ‘You do it just to affect us. ‘ I said, ‘No, it’s because we’re trying to put together the people who have the opportunity to work together in the Indo-Pacific.
“The point is that one of the things the autocrats fear most – and India has its own problems; all these countries have their own problems – is the notion that we can somehow work together and in opposition “to what are basically dictatorships that many countries have become, especially not just China, but Russia and many other countries, the Philippines,” he said. .
In February, China described the Quad Alliance as a “tool” to limit China’s progress and to preserve American hegemony.
“China believes that the so-called Quad group, intertwined by the United States, Japan, India and Australia, is essentially a tool to constrain and besiege China in order to preserve US hegemony.
“It aims to create confrontation and undermine international solidarity and cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing in February.
During the party’s fundraising event, Biden said that when he was elected, Russian President Vladimir Putin thought he would easily be able to break the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“It was part of his goal from the beginning. And I know I’ve said it for eight years, but it was part of his goal,” he said.
But the irony of all the irony of this, he got exactly what he did not want, Biden said.
The US president said Putin was looking for further Finnishisation (the process by which a country is induced to favor or refrain from opposing the interests of a more powerful country) of Europe. Instead, he made Finland want to join NATO and Sweden to want to join NATO. His action generates exactly the opposite of what he intended.
“I do not suggest that it makes things so much easier. But the point is that we have a circumstance where the Ukrainian people are incredibly brave; they are incredibly determined, not only the military who were trained, but the people in the streets.
“They lie to Putin’s theory that because they are Slavic in the background and many spoke Russian, there would somehow be a welcome party. The exact opposite has happened,” Biden added.
In November 2017, the United States, Australia, India and Japan gave shape to the long-awaited proposal to set up the Quad to develop a new strategy to keep the critical Indo-Pacific waterways free of any influence, amid China’s growing military. presence in the strategic region.
China claims almost the entire 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 involved in a maritime dispute with Japan over the East China Sea.
At their first-in-person summit in Washington last September, hosted by US President Biden, the Quad leaders promised to ensure a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, which is also “inclusive and resilient”. as they noted. that the strategically vital region that is witnessing China’s growing military maneuver is the basis of their common security and prosperity.
According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, he wants to stress that since the Cold War is long gone, “the attempt to create a so-called alliance to curb China wins no support and leads nowhere.”
Zhao also claimed that the United States was playing up with the theory of the “China threat” to “blacken, oppress and limit China’s development”.
Meanwhile, the next personal Quad summit is expected to host Japan next month.