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Quad eyes highlighting respect for sovereignty

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Japan, the United States, Australia and India are seeking to underscore respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine when their leaders meet and issue a joint statement later this month, sources close to the matter said.

The Quad summit, the second in-person meeting of its kind, will take place in Tokyo on May 24 at a time when cohesion among the four major democracies is being tested by Moscow's aggression as India historically has close ties with Russia and stood out by not explicitly condemning its war.

The Quad has so far been establishing itself as a group committed to promoting a free, open, rules-based order "undaunted by coercion" and signaled cooperation among the four countries in the Indo-Pacific, where China is expanding its clout as a rising power.

The envisioned reference to respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, which is certain to be seen as a sign of support for Ukraine, comes as Quad is expanding cooperation on issues, including humanitarian assistance amid the war in Ukraine.

Showing a resolute stand against Russia's war is expected to send a message to China, which has been building up its military, stepping up its territorial claims in the East and South China seas and pressuring Taiwan, which Beijing views as a renegade province to be reunified with mainland China, by force if necessary.

The joint document is also expected to touch on the Quad members' resolve to meet the challenges of the maritime rules-based order in the East and South China seas, as mentioned in previous statements issued by the Quad leaders, according to the sources.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to join Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the meeting. The leader of a party that wins Australia's general election, slated for May 21, is believed to represent Canberra, but it is unknown if they can attend the gathering.

In a virtual Quad meeting in March, which took place after Russia invaded Ukraine, the leaders of the four nations agreed that they oppose any unilateral use of force to change the status quo in their region, according to the Japanese government.

A joint readout released after the talks did not explicitly criticize Russia for the invasion. But it said the members committed to a "free and open Indo-Pacific, in which the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states is respected, and countries are free from military, economic, and political coercion."

The Biden administration has placed emphasis on the Quad as one of the "new configurations" designed to take on the challenges of the 21st century, along with the Indo-Pacific security partnership formed last year between Australia, Britain and the United States, dubbed AUKUS.

The Quad engagement has moved to the leaders' level under the Biden administration as it seeks to rally U.S. allies and like-minded countries to counter China. The leaders held their first in-person meeting in September in Washington.

While the Ukraine crisis has led to an awareness that Russia is an "acute threat," Biden administration officials have said they will stay focused on the "long-term strategic competition with China" that continues to challenge the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

The Quad has so far been advancing cooperation in such areas as coronavirus vaccines, infrastructure investment and the supply chain for critical technologies and materials, such as semiconductors.

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Japan, the United States, Australia and India are seeking to underscore respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

They would need to alter their stance on China. They would need to make it a one China, one Taiwan policy.

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quote: respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity.

So presumably, what China does to its ethnic minority groups domestically would be no business of anyone's but China.

And your internet will end at your borders, controlled, censored and monitored by your government.

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Respect for sovereignty? What a shame it didn't apply to Pakistan and the interference which led to the temporary downfall of Imran Khan. If we go further back, we see that that respect was lacking toward Hong Kong, Thailand, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya. 800 military bases abroad is called respect for sovereignty? Gimme a break! India's wavering on this Quad and rightly so. Let's see if there's a 'foreign-backed' coup in Brazil when Lula about to win the election.

Respect for sovereignty? That's why ASEAN was summoned to USA a few days back? Most went just out of respect, but we all know ASEAN is fully aware of USA's tactics to use other countries. And most Latin American countries are NOT going to go to this Americas meeting in USA. Probably only Canada. Even Bolsonaro's Brazil is tired of USA's games and boycotting the meeting. All showing solidarity with Cuba, under decades of US-imposed sanctions. Ah, respect for sovereignty again. USA, wanting to have its cake AND eat it.

Hypocrisy is a terrible thing. This 'do as I say and not as I do' attitude linked to a colonialism and imperialism attitude which certain countries never shook off.

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Taiwan is already a sovereign, democratic country. The only reason it hasn’t been recognised internationally has been chinas bullying and bribery.

What China is doing internally is not a matter of sovereignty or territorial integrity (except in the case of the occupied country of Tibet, it is genocide.

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QUAD eyes highlighting respect for sovereignty:

They aim to underscore respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations. That seems laudable, only when it is sincerely implemented.

Else, just another fake promise intending to dupe others..

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Respect for sovereignty? That's why ASEAN was summoned to USA a few days back? Most went just out of respect, but we all know ASEAN is fully aware of USA's tactics to use other countries. And most Latin American countries are NOT going to go to this Americas meeting in USA. Probably only Canada. Even Bolsonaro's Brazil is tired of USA's games and boycotting the meeting. All showing solidarity with Cuba, under decades of US-imposed sanctions. Ah, respect for sovereignty again. USA, wanting to have its cake AND eat it.

Neither ASEAN nor the Latin American countries are remotely interested in the US's increasingly coercive and aggressive "diplomacy". The Asian countries just want to trade in peace while the South Americans have suffered through over 200 years of vicious imperialism from the north, and they've had enough.

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What a sham. They call for respect for sovereignty when they themselves don't respect the sovereignty of other nations.

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WASHINGTON

Japan, the United States, Australia and India are seeking to underscore respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations...

Except those that are in need of some democracy and regime change " as determined by the US.

How about practicing what you preach first?

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

The US eyes highlighting respect for sovereignty..... But obviously excluding every country in south and central America, the Middle east, Africa and most of central Europe.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

The US has undermined the sovereignty of more countries than any other nation.... overtly, covertly and often without shame.

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Eisenhower authorized 104 covert operations on 4 continents, Burma, Indonesia,Guatemala and Iran had their government overthrown.

JFK was even better, 163 operations in just 3 years.

More recently we have Egypt, Libya, UKRAINE, every country in the Middle East ......

No country in the history of subverting sovereignty comes close to the US, but they lecture others... Laughable.

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"..seeking to underscore respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations..."

Let's start by closing all foreign military bases in any given country, and hold Israel accountable for Palestine occupation and its apartheid rule.

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respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations

Which is fairly meaningless without some kind of definition of how a nation is defined. The UN Charter talks of the self-determination of peoples. Is that not how Taiwan can be seen to have the right to declare itself as a nation? And should it not also apply to the people of Hong Kong, Tibet, Crimea, Donbas, Northern Ireland, Catalonia, etc.?

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So does Japan respect Chinese sovereignty on Diaoyu Islands and Russian sovereignty on Southern Kurils?

@englisc aspyrgend

Taiwan is already a sovereign, democratic country. The only reason it hasn’t been recognised internationally has been chinas bullying and bribery.

Ask Taiwan why they haven't given up claims on mainland China as well as Mongolia(Yup, Mongolia) then. At least CCP isn't crazy enough to claim Mongolia, but the ROC government in Taiwan does.

Their official name is the Republic of China, not Republic of Taiwan, that spans from Taiwan all the way to Mongolia and Tibet, Turkestan.

Taiwan is just as guilty of making outlandish territorial claims as China is and they won't let go.

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Ask Taiwan why they haven't given up claims on mainland China as well as Mongolia

Fair question. I think one reason Taiwan hasn't officially changed its various territorial statutes is that should it declare itself an independent state, it would fall foul of the PRC's anti-secession law, thus inviting invasion. I can't claim to know the opinions of Taiwan's people. My understanding is that opinion is varied, and that while there has been a general trend towards support for independence, there is also a pragmatic mindset that is reluctant to let hotheads take charge. (If life isn't so bad, why change? Slow and steady versus fast and furious.)

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