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US cannot replicate ‘Eight-Nation Alliance’ against China

2021-04-08 09:33:00       source:Global Times

April 7, 2021

A naval exercise between all members of Quad and France is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday. Times of India on Monday said the drill was to "eye on China" and underline "the growing strategic congruence in ensuring a secure and stable Indo-Pacific in face of China's belligerence in the region."

Besides France, some other European powers, such as Germany and the UK, have also expressed their intentions in engaging in the Indo-Pacific region. The US-led Quad is attempting to expand into "Quad plus." European countries may be the ones the group wants to woo. 

These European countries' moves, such as conducting exercises with Quad, or sending warships to the Indo-Pacific region, are mainly to emphasize their presence in the region, Sun Chenghao, an assistant research fellow at the Institute of American Studies of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told Global Times on Wednesday. The Indo-Pacific region, as the geopolitical hotspot in the world, attracts global attention. Against this backdrop, countries who regard themselves as global players will not miss the opportunity to assert their presence.

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