Written by MadhavBahl, a grade 10 student
On Monday PM Modi arrived in Japan for a QUAD Summit after the recent developments in the Russia- Ukraine war.
What is a QUAD summit?
The word QUAD stands for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue which, in simple words, means four allies come together to discuss topics ranging on various issues.
The participants of the ongoing QUAD summit are Japan, India, US, and Australia. This summit includes the Prime Ministers of the four countries as well as other dignitaries like the Japanese emperor Naruhito.
A quick backstory
The QUAD summit between these four countries first started in 2007. This summit was started when Shinzo Abe was the Prime Minister of Japan. The idea was to start a dialogue. The summit started with joint naval exercises parallel to it and after that, this relationship prospered. This meet was referred to as the “Asian Nato”.
What is Nato?
The North Atlantic treaty organisation is a military alliance between 30 countries. It was established after World War II.
Today, this is the reason why Russia has attacked Ukraine.
More about the QUAD Summit
The summit started on emotional note for the Indian Prime Minister as he gave an autograph to one Japanese young girl outside his hotel and then spoke with a Japanese boy who was well versed in Hindi.
The PM then posted an official message thanking the people of Japan for their grand welcome. In the other news American president, Joe Biden met with the Japanese emperor while new Australian president Anthony Albanese also met with the leaders.
While the summit has not started the most important topics should range from the Indo Pacific safety, the Russia- Ukraine war, and the welcoming of the new Australian Prime Minister who might have opposing views from his predecessor. The leaders will not only meet as a group but separately with each other for more on-point discussions.
Just a few days after the Roadmap 2030 India has another chance to strengthen its ties and this time with Japan to start further bilateral talks and to maintain status quo with Australia
After a new leader comes into power you do not know what can happen though in this case, it is likely that the ties will be strengthened and this would be a good chance for Albanese to prove his worth
US and Japan
The Americans and the Japanese will be wary of the new Australian leader and would like to maintain the status quo and Japan would be extra cautious with its hosting as it has gained the reputation of being a good host after the Tokyo Olympics
This will only strengthen the ties between these countries but this summit will is proceeding with cautious optimism.
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