Australia may join forces with US, Japan and India to form alliance called ‘The Quad’


Australia may join a proposed economic alliance called ‘The Quad’ with the US, Japan and India to reduce dependence on trade with China and the US as tensions between Canberra and Beijing reach new heights is.

US Secretary of State Stephen Bezgan has proposed a group of four countries as a way to fill the trade power vacuum in the Indo-Pacific region.

He said that Washington could eventually invite South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand to join the alliance.

If Australia had to join the trade group, it could have further soured diplomatic relations with China, which has deteriorated since Scott Morrison’s proposal for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus virus.

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Australia may join a trade organization called ‘The Quad’ with the US, Japan and India following a proposal from the US government

Amid the continuing war by Mr Morrison over strengthening Australia’s ties with the US, the communist country has imposed stricter tariffs on Australian farmers – including an 80 per cent tax on barley.

In a speech on 31 August, Mr. Bezgan specifically named China for ‘The Quad’.

He said the group could act against a ‘possible challenge from China’ and as a force similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

“The Indo-Pacific region lacks really strong multilateral structures,” said Mr. Bogan.

‘They have nothing of the fate of NATO or the European Union.

‘Asia’s strongest institutions are often not enough and therefore … certainly an invitation at some point to formalize such a structure.’

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison.  The US and Australia can form half of an organization that would like to emulate the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison. The US and Australia can form half of an organization that would like to emulate the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

China is Australia’s largest trading partner in terms of both imports and exports.

Data released in August showed China’s share of Australian exports had reached 48.8 percent – at a cost of $ 14.6 billion – a high level.

On Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary Francis Adamson said standing up for the Asian powerhouse was more important than ever.

“Australia should, Australia should, Australia has, stands for our own interests because if we don’t we are on a very slippery slope,” she told The Australian.

Ms Adamson said that in the midst of the coronovirus crisis, China faced Australia’s toughest diplomatic challenge in a generation.

China accounts for 48.8 percent of Australia's exports and may reduce national dependence on communist bodies for international body trade.  Picture: A Chinese Navy member is standing in front of a Shandong aircraft carrier

China accounts for 48.8 percent of Australia’s exports and may reduce national dependence on communist bodies for international body trade. Picture: A Chinese Navy member is standing in front of a Shandong aircraft carrier

Activists lit a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in India in June.  The US Secretary of State said the organization could work against a 'possible challenge from China'.

Activists lit a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in India in June. The US Secretary of State said the organization could work against a ‘possible challenge from China’.

From 2011 to 2015, the former Australian ambassador in Beijing reported that the Asian power was becoming more assertive.

“We have seen China strive for its interests in the region, in the Indo-Pacific and globally, which is compatible with their interests, but not in line with the interests of countries like Australia,” he said.

Ms Adamson said that the Australians wanted ‘a peaceful, stable, prosperous region’ and the government would not tolerate any interference with these ideals.

He warned that democratic institutions are ‘at stake’ to the Australian people like the legal system and parliament.

Michael Smith (pictured) from the Australian Financial Review returned to Sydney on Tuesday after a five-day diplomatic standoff with China

Michael Smith (pictured) from the Australian Financial Review returned to Sydney on Tuesday after a five-day diplomatic standoff with China

Bill Bertels is seen at the Sydney airport on Tuesday after a frightening rush to leave China

Bill Bertels is seen at the Sydney airport on Tuesday after a frightening rush to leave China

‘We need to ensure that our institutions are strong and we can defend ourselves. And this is where diplomacy plays, ‘Ms. Adamson explained.

He said Australia needed to take ‘action’ to counter the ‘direct challenge’ posed by China’s claims and aggression.

The DFAT Secretary also said that the narrow exodus of two Australian journalists from China is the latest example of ‘difficult issues’ between the two countries.

Bill Bertels of ABC and Michael Smith from the Australian Financial Review returned to Sydney on Tuesday after a five-day diplomatic standoff.

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews soldiers from a car during a military parade at Tianmen Square in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews soldiers from a car during a military parade at Tianmen Square in Beijing

The government travel advice website Smartraveller (pictured) was updated on 7 July to warn Australians facing the risk of arbitrary detention in China

The government travel advice website Smartraveller (pictured) was updated on 7 July to warn Australians facing the risk of arbitrary detention in China

Chinese police told reporters that they were people of interest after another Australian journalist and business anchor, Cheng Lei, was detained in Beijing.

Mr Bertels and Mr Smith sheltered Australian diplomatic compounds for days as their travel rights were revoked.

Finally, consular officials gave Australia a safe passage after agreeing to this interview.

The Australian government has advised all Australians not to travel to China, warning that they may face arbitrary detention.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted DFAT for comment.

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