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Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe emphasied to Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid that Beijing and Dhaka should make joint efforts against powers from outside the region establishing a "military alliance"(Reuters file)

'We decide our foreign policy': Bangladesh's curt response to China

PTI | , Dhaka
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 04:09 PM IST
Reacting to the Chinese envoy's controversial remarks, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Dhaka maintains a non-aligned and balanced foreign policy and it will decide what to do according to those principles.
 Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison comments at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. (AP Photo)
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison comments at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. (AP Photo)

Australia plans $747 million budget to upgrade defence bases in Indo-Pacific

PTI | , Canberra
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 08:45 PM IST
Morrison announced the multi-million dollar investment stating that the objective was to pursue peace rather than sending any message to China.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, US, on April 15, 2021. (AP)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, US, on April 15, 2021. (AP)

1st in-person Quad meet set to be announced

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 07:20 AM IST
No specifics were given by the official who previewed the upcoming Biden-Suga meeting on background. But Japan has been known to be keen for an in-person summit - following the first summit held virtually in March - to take place on the sidelines of the upcoming G7 summit in the UK in June.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Japan against getting caught between US-China confrontation. (AP)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Japan against getting caught between US-China confrontation. (AP)

China cautions Japan ahead of Biden-Suga meet, asks to be 'objective, rational'

AP | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 03:13 PM IST
  • China also warned Japan against getting caught up between the 'so-called confrontation between major countries.'
French Navy ships Assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre and Surcouf frigate arrive at Kochi port ahead of France-led 'La Perouse' joint exercise with QUAD members, in Kochi on Tuesday. (ANI)
French Navy ships Assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre and Surcouf frigate arrive at Kochi port ahead of France-led 'La Perouse' joint exercise with QUAD members, in Kochi on Tuesday. (ANI)

US Congressman lauds Quad plus France naval drill in Bay of Bengal

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 07:12 AM IST
India and three other Quad member nations- the US, Australia and Japan on Monday joined France in kick-starting a three-day naval wargame in the eastern Indian Ocean in reflection of their growing maritime cooperation amid China's growing efforts to expand influence in the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking part in the First Quad Leaders' Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking part in the First Quad Leaders' Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga.(ANI Photo)

US lawmakers and experts support historic QUAD leadership summit

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 01:30 PM IST
On March 12, Biden opened the first Quad Leaders’ Summit held virtually and attended by Prime Minister Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison listen during a virtual meeting of the "Quad" alliance members: Australia, India, Japan and the US, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AFP)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison listen during a virtual meeting of the "Quad" alliance members: Australia, India, Japan and the US, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AFP)

Maritime security next on Quad’s agenda, key trilateral meets soon

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 11:12 PM IST
The trilateral meetings will follow the naval exercise which will see the French Navy joining navies of India, Australia, Japan and the US.
US President Joe Biden attends the first Quad Summit virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and Australian PM Scott Morrison, in Washington DC on Friday.(Twitter/White House)
US President Joe Biden attends the first Quad Summit virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and Australian PM Scott Morrison, in Washington DC on Friday.(Twitter/White House)

China bristles at Quad summit, says ‘it will end up nowhere’ and get no support

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2021 07:35 PM IST
  • Some countries have been exaggerating the so-called China threat or China challenges to drive a wedge in the region, says China on Quad meeting
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in the First Quad Leaders' Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga, in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in the First Quad Leaders' Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga, in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI Photo)

Quad offers spark of hope amid pandemic: Leaders

By Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2021 09:19 AM IST
The Quad Summit launched a Vaccine Initiative under which India will produce up to 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by 2022, financed by the US and Japan, for last-mile distribution by Australia in the South-East Asian nations of the Indo-Pacific.
“We summon from tragedy the strength and resilience to unify and overcome. And we recommit ourselves, once again, to an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, secure and prosperous,” the leaders said.(ANI)
“We summon from tragedy the strength and resilience to unify and overcome. And we recommit ourselves, once again, to an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, secure and prosperous,” the leaders said.(ANI)

Biden, Modi, Morrison and Suga pen joint Op-Ed, say Quad offers ‘spark of hope'

By Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2021 02:51 AM IST
The leaders had launched launch a 'Vaccine Initiative' under which India would produce up to 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by 2022, financed by the US and Japan, for last-mile distribution by Australia in the South-East Asian nations of the Indo-Pacific.
The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has announced it will “finance increased capacity to support Biological E’s effort to produce at least 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022”.(AP)
The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has announced it will “finance increased capacity to support Biological E’s effort to produce at least 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022”.(AP)

Hyderabad firm to produce Covid-19 vaccine jabs with US funding

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2021 01:00 AM IST
The four Quad countries agreed on Friday to pool their financial resources, manufacturing capacities and logistical strengths to ramp up manufacture and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines across the region.
The Chinese communist party mouthpiece has warned India for joining hands with democratic forces in the Quad.(ANI)
The Chinese communist party mouthpiece has warned India for joining hands with democratic forces in the Quad.(ANI)

Quad leaders made history at summit. Expect pushback from China

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • Beijing will try to cut a side deal with at least one of the Quad partners to derail the grouping yet again
The monsoon is critical because two-thirds of Indians depend on farm-based income and over 40% of the country’s net-sown cropped area does not have any form of irrigation.(HT File photo)
The monsoon is critical because two-thirds of Indians depend on farm-based income and over 40% of the country’s net-sown cropped area does not have any form of irrigation.(HT File photo)

News updates from HT: ‘Normal’ monsoon likely for 3rd year in row, say experts

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2021 09:12 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
US President Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, and Indian PM Narendra Modi during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting on Friday, (BLOOMBERG PHOTO).
US President Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, and Indian PM Narendra Modi during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting on Friday, (BLOOMBERG PHOTO).

Quad launches move to rollout 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by 2022

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 12:36 AM IST
  • The Quad Summit was also the first plurilateral engagement for US President Joe Biden since he assumed office in January, and he said a free and open Indo-Pacific was essential to the future of all four countries.
US President Joe Biden, top left, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, top right, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, bottom left, and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, on a monitor during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting at Suga’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan.(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden, top left, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, top right, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, bottom left, and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, on a monitor during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting at Suga’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan.(Bloomberg)

Quad makes its first big move: Joint vaccine push

By Rezaul H Laskar, Yashwant Raj, New Delhi, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2021 06:38 AM IST
For the Quad Vaccine Partnership, the countries agreed to pool their financial resources, manufacturing capacities and logistical strengths to ramp up the manufacture and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines across the Indo-Pacific.
A message of bonhomie was driven home in the introductory speeches of the prime ministers of India, the US, Australia and Japan at the first Quad leaders' summit on Friday.
A message of bonhomie was driven home in the introductory speeches of the prime ministers of India, the US, Australia and Japan at the first Quad leaders' summit on Friday.

PM Modi nods, smiles as US President Biden says, 'Great to see you'

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 09:34 PM IST
Biden's warmth was reciprocated by PM Modi as he nodded and smiled after Biden's greetings and said, "It feels good to be among friends."
PM Modi attends Quad leaders' virtual summit on Friday.
PM Modi attends Quad leaders' virtual summit on Friday.

1st Quad leaders' summit updates: Quad is force of global good, says PM Modi

UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 10:54 PM IST
In their introductory remarks, all four leaders emphasised the need for co-operation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Known as the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,” representatives for the four-member nations have met periodically since its establishment in 2007.(Agencies)
Known as the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,” representatives for the four-member nations have met periodically since its establishment in 2007.(Agencies)

Cooperation between countries should not target third party: China on Quad meet

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 04:06 PM IST
US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will attend the virtual summit, which is the first conclave of the top leaders of the Quadrilateral alliance, on Friday.
MK Stalin's DMK isn't willing to part with more than 24 seats for its ally Congress.(PTI)
MK Stalin's DMK isn't willing to part with more than 24 seats for its ally Congress.(PTI)

News updates from HT: DMK releases first list of candidates for TN polls

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The four-nation grouping, Quad was revived in 2017 after the US and Australia realised that China was not only rising but also turning out to be a tough competitor(Agencies)
The four-nation grouping, Quad was revived in 2017 after the US and Australia realised that China was not only rising but also turning out to be a tough competitor(Agencies)

Quad owes its revival to President Xi’s 'fortress China' doctrine

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • The US’ leadership role in the Quad is a sharp contrast to the message from Washington after the 2007 Malabar naval exercises that cautioned against provoking China.
Yamagami Shingo said Tokyo supported Scott Morrison-led government's decision to call out China's unofficial campaign of economic coercion after it slapped restrictions on wine, barley, beef, coal and other products.(Reuters)
Yamagami Shingo said Tokyo supported Scott Morrison-led government's decision to call out China's unofficial campaign of economic coercion after it slapped restrictions on wine, barley, beef, coal and other products.(Reuters)

Japan expresses support to Australia in dealing with China's aggression

ANI | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 10:46 PM IST
"I can assure you all that Australia is not walking alone because this is something Japan has experienced about 10 years ago," Yamagami Shingo, Japan's top diplomat in Australia said.
Among the key initiatives expected to be on the agenda when Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gather virtually at 7 pm on Friday is a “Vaccine Initiative” and a procurement and supply chain for rare earth metals. (AGENCIES).
Among the key initiatives expected to be on the agenda when Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gather virtually at 7 pm on Friday is a “Vaccine Initiative” and a procurement and supply chain for rare earth metals. (AGENCIES).

Vaccine Initiative, cooperation on key supply chains on 1st Quad Summit agenda

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 10:20 PM IST
  • The Vaccine Initiative is being seen as the “most significant deliverable” from the summit as greater access to doses, especially for small and developing nations across the Indo-Pacific, will foster a quick global economic recovery.
The real test of the QUAD summit tomorrow will be whether it can send a credible message to the world(Agencies)
The real test of the QUAD summit tomorrow will be whether it can send a credible message to the world(Agencies)

QUAD to reject the 2007 Chinese veto on its foreign policies

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 06:08 PM IST
  • The meeting of leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or QUAD – India, Australia, Japan and the US –signifies three things.
US President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.(AP)
US President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.(AP)

US says early Quad summit timing reflects Joe Biden’s priorities

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2021 10:42 AM IST
On Friday, Biden will meet Indian PM Narendra Modi, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga virtually for the first summit-level meeting of the security grouping that has moved rapidly towards acquiring an institutional structure
US President Joe Biden delivers at the White House in Washington, US. (Reuters File Photo)
US President Joe Biden delivers at the White House in Washington, US. (Reuters File Photo)

In message to China, Joe Biden to meet Australia, India, Japan PMs

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 07:13 AM IST
  • The meeting of the "Quad" comes amid rising tensions with China, which is seen as flexing its muscle both in trade and security realms.
PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday pledged to bolster cooperation with Australia and the US to tackle common challenges and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.(Agencies)
PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday pledged to bolster cooperation with Australia and the US to tackle common challenges and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.(Agencies)

First Quad summit on March 12; bolstering cooperation, Indo-Pacific on agenda

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 11:36 PM IST
It will be held over a year after the Quad was upgraded to the level of foreign ministers in September 2019.
Analysts say Indo-French naval cooperation will further deepen when French navy ships pay a visit to Kochi port in March. Photo courtesy: French ministry of armed forces(Photo courtesy: French ministry of armed forces)
Analysts say Indo-French naval cooperation will further deepen when French navy ships pay a visit to Kochi port in March. Photo courtesy: French ministry of armed forces(Photo courtesy: French ministry of armed forces)

Quad, France and UAE join hands in 2 naval exercises to dominate Indo-Pacific

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 07:00 AM IST
  • French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and finance minister Bruno Le Maire will be in Delhi next month while IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will be in France. At least 8 Rafale fighters will leave for India through mid-air refuelling by UAE between April 19 and April 23.
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)

'Quad summit to become feature of Indo-Pacific engagement': Morrison

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:01 AM IST
  • Australian PM Scott Morrison said the Quad Summit was one of the first things he and US president Joe Biden had discussed.
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)

As China eyes Taiwan and beyond, Quad's Indo-Pacific agenda takes priority

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:56 PM IST
  • The Quad Summit will be US President Joe Biden’s first interaction under the diplomatic and security initiative revived during the Donald Trump era as a buffer against Beijing
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