- Editor: Victor Torres
- Translator: Ranting
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Thursday:
“It was a pleasure speaking today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. The U.S.-Australia Alliance is strong and our collective work in the Quad is increasingly critical as we seek to build a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia, and India, sustained by semi-regular summits, information exchanges, and military exercises among its members. It is also known as the “Asian NATO”.
The organization’s diplomatic and military arrangements were widely seen as a response to the increased economic and military power of the Chinese Communist Party, which the government responded to by sending formal diplomatic protests to its members.
Pempeo’s statement following his conversation with Payne indicates that the Quad will take an increasingly aggressive approach and means to target the CCP threat in order to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region.