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South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol, second from left, speaks as Gen. Paul LaCamera, right, commander of USFK and South Korea-US Combined Forces Command, listens during his visit to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Strong points

  • Quad includes India, USA, Japan and Australia
  • The group was formed to monitor regional peace and China’s action
  • US President Biden will meet his South Korean counterpart ahead of the Quad summit later this month

The recent wish expressed by South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-Yeol to join Quad – Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – comprising India, the United States, Japan and Australia – has sparked a new debate on the future framework of the group.

It should be mentioned that US President Joe Biden is due to visit South Korea ahead of the Quad summit in Japan later this month. There are talks swirling that Biden’s visit to Seoul just before the Quad summit could be about South Korea’s inclusion in the group.

According to a report by Asia Times, in order to control China’s action, South Korea is ready to play a more active role with Quad in the near future.

Especially in the wake of a changing world order due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, Seoul is ready to play a more balanced relationship with China.

There is also speculation that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also wants a more inclusive role for South Korea with the forum to monitor China’s action.

The Russian-Ukrainian war has had an impact on the geopolitical status of the world, with several nations supporting the US and European led condemnation of Moscow, while a few have supported Putin’s action.

India, keeping its national interest in mind, has maintained a neutral stance by not openly condemning Russia’s action, but also providing humanitarian aid to the torn Ukraine.

India abstained from voting on some resolutions against Russia by UNSC, UNGA but also expressed wish to hope war ends soon.

Joe Biden to meet PM Modi at Quad Summit this month

US President Joe Biden will visit South Korea and Japan this month and attend the Quad Summit in Tokyo, where he will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan is scheduled for May 20-24.

“This trip will advance the Biden-Harris administration’s unwavering commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier.

Biden will also hold bilateral meetings with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.

“Leaders will discuss opportunities to deepen our vital security relationship, strengthen economic ties and expand our close cooperation to achieve concrete results.

“In Tokyo, President Biden will also meet with Quad leaders from Australia, Japan, India and the United States. We look forward to hearing more details about this trip soon,” said Psaki.

Quad took shape in 2017

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.

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