This was the first time Russia, China and the west have come face to face since the invasion of Ukraine. It did not go well.
The security landscape in the Asia-Pacific region is shifting in the face of China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy.
For years, New Zealand has tried to separate its economic dependency on China from its pro-Western strategic alliances. The new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework tests that balancing act even more.
At this week’s meetings, Japan and India will be looking for signs that Australia is serious about Asia. The US will be reviewing its expectations about its AUKUS partner.
Africa runs the risk, yet again, of being an onlooker while others make policy for the continent.
The US, Australia, Japan and India are keen to show they are not merely reacting to their rivals’ agendas, but are able to offer their own ambitious solutions for the Indo-Pacific.
In a surprise result, Kishida defeated the popular Taro Kono in the party leadership contest, making him the country’s third prime minister in just over a year.
The region is already arming at the fastest rate in the world, but China and other nations can be expected to respond to AUKUS by further expanding their militaries.
The Quad wants to show that liberal democracies can deliver solutions to the greatest challenges of our time — a way of countering China’s ambitions in the region.
Fourteen years after the Quad was first conceived, its leaders will meet for the first time face-to-face this week. China will dominate the conversations.
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue might be the most important security alliance you’ve never heard of – and New Zealand needs to start taking it seriously.
The group has been at pains to stress it is not fundamentally about countering the ‘Chinese threat’. But of course, that is primarily what it is about.