Interpretation of QUAD and AUKUS in Indo-Pacific Region – The Geopolitics
The recent announcement of AUKUS adds another puzzle to the Indo-Pacific jigsaw. AUKUS; Australia-United Kingdom-USA is an enhanced security partnership for meeting the challenges in the Indo-Pacific. The announcement came as a surprise to many and for some it was a ‘stab in the back’. But the biggest debate about the impact of AUKUS is on Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD). Till now, the resurrected QUAD group was the de-facto leader to counterbalance China in the Indo-Pacific. Some feel that AUKUS dilutes QUAD, but for some, it complements QUAD. Nevertheless, C Raja Mohan observes that the AUKUS announcement coupled with QUAD’s summit is a bombshell and it has sent some clear signals to Asia – that the business of balancing China is entering a serious phase.
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