BEIJING – “For an Indo-Pacific open and free from coercion”. Chinese, of course. This is the mantra of every meeting of the Quad, the alliance that brings together the United States, Australia, India and Japan. The democracies, that is, which in recent years have had to deal with the Dragon. But when was it born and what is it for?
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue sees the light for the first time in 2004, in an embryonic form, after the tsunami that hit Indonesia that year.