Over the last few days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held back-to-back diplomatic meetings: An in-person summit with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, and a virtual meeting with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison. A range of issues was discussed during both meetings but a common underlying theme was the extended focus on the Indo-Pacific region as a whole.
All three countries are part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad along with the US, in which technology cooperation has been a key factor in bringing together the States. When discussing the Indo-Pacific, the role of China remains key to these countries formulating their responses and multilateral policies. It is evident that China has now reached the stage of expanding its technological sphere of influence in the region. The private sector, coupled with continuous state support, has managed to gain a foothold in some key technology areas that have served Beijing’s diplomatic ambitions well.
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