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10 Jun, 12 tweets, 5 min read
ASPI's @Dr_M_Davis is joined by @YamagamiShingo, U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Mike Goldman, Deputy High Commissioner of India Mr P.S. Karthigeyan & Hugh Jeffrey @DeptDefence to discuss the role of the Quad at #ASPIConference2021
In our final session for Day 1 of #ASPIConference2021, representatives from 🇦🇺, 🇯🇵, 🇺🇸 & 🇮🇳 participated in a discussion on how the Quad can be strengthened to contribute to security & stability in the Indo-Pacific
.@YamagamiShingo opens the panel with a review of the recent, historical 2+2 Joint Statement. He underscores the prospects for Australia-Japan cooperation, stating 'Australia is not walking alone’
CdA Goldman praises the power of the Quad to work together to address real challenges. He uses the example of 2004’s Tsunami to highlight a challenge where the four countries collaborated.

He states that the Quad is 'a grouping born of confidence, a grouping born of commitment'
CdA Goldman describes what the Quad is not:
- It’s not NATO
- It’s not automatically opposed to any one country
- It’s not exclusive
The Quad is committed to collaboration to address challenges on climate change, global health, technology, the post-Covid economy & disinformation
Deputy High Commissioner of India Mr P.S. Karthigeyan describes the Quad as a ‘flexible, open mechanism’ which suits and adapts to the geopolitical climate of its time
‘There is another narrative out there’ states Hugh Jeffrey @DeptDefence, but the idea that the Quad is a military-first or defence construct has not been demonstrated.

He notes, however, that there are ample opportunities for our defence communities to contribute to the Quad
Hugh Jeffrey @DeptDefence sees the potential for close cooperation with our neighbours, ‘We all own a commitment to the region’s strategic trajectory’.

He argues that Australia will work best with countries that share Australia’s values and similar political institutions
.@Dr_M_Davis suggests that there are 3 crucial types of challenges facing Quad nations today

1⃣ Challenges from authoritarian states to change the rules-based order
2⃣ Existential threat of climate change
3⃣ Strategic shocks and 'black swan' events such as the Covid-19 pandemic
CdA Goldman states 'We don’t have a containment strategy vis a vis China'

Quad nations are heavily involved in trade with China, unlike the Soviet Union. Additionally, he notes the need for all countries to be on board to address climate change
'We are here to present this important concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific' @YamagamiShingo. He emphasises free trade, investment and freedom of navigation.

'This is an international public good. This is open to everybody... Everybody will be treated equally'
That concludes Session 7 of the #ASPIConference2021!

Assessing 🇦🇺's rapidly changing strategic environment has been the focal point of the Conference - stay tuned as we bring bring you the key points from tonight's panel on the issues of defence in an election year

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