US Alliance to Counter China—But Is There a Weak Link?
A new alliance is forming to counter a rising Communist China, lead by the US, Japan, Australia, and India—the Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. It was first proposed by Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but never went anywhere because of pressure from the Chinese Communist Party. But in a post coronavirus world, where the India China border fight has claimed the lives of Indian soldiers, where China is aggressively going after its neighbors in the South China Sea, the Quad may become a formalized agreement. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Japan along with other quad leaders to talk about how to counter the Chinese Communist Party. But Japan has a new Prime Minister—Yoshihide Suga. Will he have the same resolve against China as Shinzo Abe? And will Mike Pompeo be able to formalize the alliance at the quad meeting before the US 2020 presidential election?