This mechanism, in particular, aims to resist the expansion of China.
The US has urged South Korea to join the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Australia, India, the US, and Japan), which, among other things, aims to counter China’s expansion. This was reported on Sunday by the Yomiuri newspaper.
According to sources of the publication in the Japanese government, the corresponding proposal was put forward by the Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security, Jake Sullivan, during a meeting on April 2 with the head of the National Security Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Korea, Suh Hoon, and the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Japan, Shigeru Kitamura. However, Suh Hoon responded by pointing out that Seoul adheres to the position of not participating in structures that are directed against a particular country.
A meeting of representatives of the three countries held in Maryland revealed differences in approaches to solving the DPRK problem between the United States and South Korea. In particular, the South Korean side called for the early resumption of negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. As the newspaper notes, the administration of US President Joe Biden, in turn, opposes conducting a “reckless dialogue” with the DPRK.
The Quadripartite Security Dialogue was launched in 2007. This interaction mechanism in the Asia-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean zone includes Washington, Canberra, New Delhi, and Tokyo. The first quadripartite meeting of the foreign ministers of Australia, India, the United States, and Japan was held in September 2019 in New York. This year, the first virtual summit of the leaders of the “quartet” was held. In November 2017, the four countries also formed a coalition as part of a new strategy to ensure the safety of critical shipping routes in the Indian and Pacific regions.