Here’s why Quad might or might not work

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Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, was recently in India, ostensibly to discuss Afghanistan and China.
Given that both the US and India are losing in Afghanistan, what was there for two losers to talk about? China is a fascinating country. The United States has been stunned by China’s rapid rise. The US is trying to stifle China’s growth, but will it be able to do so?
It has enlisted India in a military project known as Quad, including Japan and Australia, as a last-ditch effort to restrain China. Since Atal Behari Vajpayee became Prime Minister, Indian policymakers have been enamored by the United States.
It’s possible that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) didn’t have a well-developed foreign strategy when it came to power in 1998. It was the heyday of the United States, and the BJP was keen to capitalize on it. But why should the BJP be held solely responsible? As Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh was even more enthralled with the United States. Although times change, countries’ policies do not.
The United States is no longer a superpower. It is still a superpower, but one that is fading. China is the world’s most powerful nation. The United States is retreating in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
The Chinese appear to be gaining dominance everywhere one looks — in South Asia and Africa. The Chinese have the upper hand at this point. India’s navy is significantly smaller than either the US or China’s. The Quad’s China containment policy looks somewhat like this.
Because they are insignificant, the Australians are left out. The United States is launching a maritime challenge against China. Japan is an ally of the United States. The Chinese are taken by land and air by the Indians.
Disengagement is taking place along China’s and India’s actual control lines. Supporters of the Quad may believe that the Quad’s pressure is causing the Chinese to talk and disengage.
They also believe that, because of the Quad’s fear, the Chinese will talk to the Taleban (and the Taleban’s backer, China’s iron brother Pakistan) to persuade them not to conduct jihad in Kashmir. As a result, India’s membership in the Quad pays off in a variety of ways.

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