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'Terrified' China Expresses Concerns Over Increasing India, US, Japan And Australia Ties

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Dr Subhash Chandra

The dialogue has been termed the first official meeting on the Indo-Pacific.

It is learnt that China's rising military presence in the South China Sea figured in talks between Modi and Trump apart from a host of other regional and global issues, including terrorism emanating from Pakistan, North Korea's missile tests, situation in Afghanistan and the Gulf region as well as outcome of violence in Myanmar's Rakhaine state.

In its statement, the Japanese foreign ministry said officials discussed measures to ensure a free and open global order based on the rule of law in the Indo- Pacific.

Looking forward to take on China's increasing increase in the South China Sea, Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said officials of India, Japan, Austraila and the United States of America met for consultations on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region on the sidelines of ASEAN summit. The PM will also address the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and later attend a reception with members of the Indian community in the> a class="key_underline" href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Philippines" *Philippines.

Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, President Trump cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.

Beijing is been accused by US, Japan and other nations of undermining the "rules-based order" in Indo-Pacific.

The Indian side highlighted India's Act East Policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. Sources said India's statement sought to connect the clandestine links between North Korea and Pakistan in the development of their nuclear programmes.

The quadrilateral partners committed to deepening cooperation, which rests on a foundation of shared democratic values and principles, and to continue discussions to further strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.

Reacting cautiously to President Donald Trump changing his focus from "Asia-Pacific" to "Indo-Pacific", the state-run Chinese media has said that the new alliance of India, US, Australia and Japan may end prematurely.

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono last month had said that Tokyo favours the quadrilateral dialogue to further boost strategic partnership among the four countries.

The US has been pitching for greater Indo-US cooperation in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region where China has been ramping up its military presence.

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