China’s Meeting with ASEAN: Warning or challenge to QUAD

China’s Meeting with ASEAN: Warning or challenge to QUAD

(GS PAPER-2- Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings
Source- The Hindu)


China is hosting a virtual meeting of ASEAN ministers on 7th and 8th June trying for financial cooperation and aligning COVID-19 restoration despite its criticism from Quad members.

Key Points of the meeting-

  • This meet was a mark of the 30th anniversary of relations and similarly ‘focus on combating COVID-19, promoting economic recovery, [and] better dovetail[ing] strategic plans.’
  • The discussion will also be about vaccine passports between China and ASEAN members and also about Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. China’s focus is possible on deepening financial relations after the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) commerce deal.
  • China assumes that it is the US that has prompted the Philippines and Malaysia to raise disputes over the South China Sea dispute and it also forces ASEAN countries to confront China.
  • China has termed Quad grouping as an ‘Asian NATO’ that has been criticized by group members.


The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) is an informal strategic alliance between the United States, Japan, Australia, and India that is maintained by talks between member countries. The diplomatic and military arrangement was widely viewed as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power, and the Chinese government responded to the Quadrilateral dialogue by issuing formal diplomatic protests to its members.

-Khyati Khare

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