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The Quad’s Potential to Stand Against China

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Editor’s Notes: The Quad’s Potential to Stand Against China

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On March 12, the members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the United States, Japan, Australia and India – held a virtual meeting and issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to a “free region. , open, inclusive, healthy, anchored in values, and unconstrained by coercion.

Finally, good news regarding the rivalry with China.

The Quad is exactly what it says – four nations with common interests – coming together to discuss ways to act as a bulwark against China’s aspirations to be Asia’s only superpower and to expand its crackdown beyond its borders. .

He has already organized a joint naval exercise and will undoubtedly organize others.

The quad’s joint statement also said that it will “launch a working group on critical and emerging technologies to facilitate cooperation on international standards and innovative technologies of the future.”

The Quad could be more than a military alliance.

In the January 2020 issue of National Defense, this column called for a technological alliance between the United States, Australia and Japan. It followed the magazine’s first reporting trip to Australia to cover the Australian Airshow and, later in the year, the first trip to Japan in over 10 years to cover the first defense trade show DSEI Japan.

The trip to Australia revealed a nation highly motivated to increase the capacity of its national industrial base and which can exceed its weight by providing military technology that can act as a counterweight to China in the Indo-Pacific region.

It was during this show that the Royal Australian Air Force and Boeing revealed their intention to develop a fully autonomous indigenous jet fighter. Since that announcement, the program has made great strides, making its first test flight a year after the announcement.

The DSEI broadcast in Japan a few decades ago might have been inconceivable as anti-militarism was enshrined in the country’s constitution and laws after World War II. But children’s gloves are starting to come off as China continues to punch Japan in the eye. It is probably a bad decision on the part of China.

In April, Japan and the United States agreed to pool resources and work together to counter China’s dominance over 5G technology.

The world was caught sleeping when China cornered the market for the fifth generation. Everything indicates that this will not be the case for sixth generation wireless networks. US companies are already regrouping to take on China for what will come after 5G.

The United States has committed $ 2.5 billion and Japan $ 2 billion to cooperate on 6G. This may just be seed money, but it’s a good indication that the two nations understand the power of cooperation and have no intention of getting caught in the train again. of sleeping.

The April 16 White House statement also pledged to cooperate with Japan “on research and technological development in various fields: Cancer Moonshot, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum information science and technology, space cooperation civil… and secure information and communications technologies ”.

In addition, “Together, we will redouble our efforts to train the next generation of US experts on Japan through a renewed two-year scholarship program,” the statement said.

Such interpersonal exchanges are essential.

Our reports in Japan revealed serious language barriers with executives occupying trade show booths and having great difficulty explaining the technologies they had to offer. And while it’s fair to say that few Americans master conversational Japanese, English is the international language of commerce and science.

Meanwhile, the United States can do better by encouraging its citizens to strengthen the ties between the two nations. The April 16 statement promises to do just that with the scholarships.

From now on, US-Japanese cooperation should be extended to Australia and India.

Language, to begin with, is not a barrier to technology exchanges with Australia and India.

Australia – a staunch ally in the global war on terror – is also one of the allies of the Five Eyes, the English-speaking nations that cooperate on intelligence sharing.

All of the major US defense companies have Australian subsidiaries. The two countries also have a joint hypersonic program which is fully funded in the 2022 budget proposal.

India is more of a stranger to the magazine when it comes to what it has to offer in a tech alliance against China. It relied on Soviet and then Russian military technology for decades, but American companies made some inroads in selling weapons systems there.

He has great human resources and is the only Quad member to share a land border with China.

National Defense – as it enters a post-COVID-19 world and travel becomes safer – will do its best to answer these questions about India and will continue to report on developments in Australia and Japan, focusing on focusing on opportunities where the four nations could cooperate.

Creating a strong tech alliance to counter China will require more than breaking down language barriers and drafting joint statements, especially when it comes to military technology.

US regulations, for example, strictly control sensitive technology and information. Other members have their own bureaucracies to contend with and “not made here” biases. It would also be a shame if bad IT or espionage practices allowed China to steal everything the Quad develops.

These first steps towards a technological alliance against China are a start, but bolder actions are needed.

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