Wary China on ‘Quad’ bloc watch after officials from US, Japan, India and Australia meet on Asean sidelines

Chinese foreign ministry warns against countries politicising cooperation in the region

Beijing cautioned on Monday against an alliance between the United States and three of its regional allies after officials from the four countries met for the first time in Manila, raising prospects for a bloc to counter China’s strategic expansion.

In response to Sunday’s meeting of officials from the US, India, Australia and Japan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said regional cooperation should neither be politicised nor exclusionary.

The weekend meeting was the first for the participants since the concept of a four-way alliance was raised by Japan a decade ago… read more

Source: SCMP

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