An assertive China is “a very dangerous presence” and has brought together members of Quad, a foreign affairs expert from Japan said on Saturday, noting that the United States and China will be in competition in many areas, including semiconductors, artificial intelligence and deep space. exploration in addition to military technologies.
Speaking at the inaugural event of the QUAD Global Policy Insights Forum, Tomohiko Taniguchi, who was the special adviser to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said China had given up its “low profile” position. The event took place virtually.
Taniguchi said Washington is aware of building “stronger bridges between and among” the United States, Japan, India and Australia, the four countries that make up the Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue). .
“In the future, 2049 will be the most important year for China for an obvious reason, as it will mark the centenary of the creation of a new China – the People’s Republic of China,” he said.
Taniguchi said China wants to overtake the United States as the world’s leading power and develop a more powerful military arsenal.
“We have a time slot between 2021 and 2049 – nearly a generation ‘China says very dangerous,’ n and I think the Chinese leadership is determined to make a difference, as much as possible. Using this period, he wants overtake the United States in economic size and along the way, China wants to develop a more powerful military arsenal in the world, ”he said.
“Today the United States and China will be competing on many fronts, from semiconductors to artificial intelligence and deep space exploration. You name it. Not to mention military technologies. “, he added.
Taniguchi said in his keynote address that the United States approached China in 2001 for help after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.
“When China emerged from its cocoon and hosted for the first time one of the multilateral gatherings in Shanghai for APEC, China then put aside the low-key poses and over time the Indians and the Japanese realized that an assertive China is a very dangerous presence. . This assertive China brought us all together, ”he said.
He said the earlier Trump administration and the Biden administration were now focusing on the Indo-Pacific.
“The United States realized, perhaps belatedly, that it alone could make no difference. The Trump administration and the Biden administration therefore chose to focus on the Indo-Pacific region,” he said. he declared.
“It is not a landscape but a seascape. We are looking at a vast expanse of oceans and as Shinzo Abe told the audience in the central chamber of the Indian parliament in 2007 that it is the confluence of the two oceans – Indian and Pacific My second point is that the United States has realized that it should build stronger bridges between and among these four nations – the United States, Japan, India and Australia. ” , he added.
Taniguchi said former Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping argued that China should keep a low profile, but that disappeared and a strong China emerged.
“This is, of course, the emergence of an assertive China. An assertive China is no longer the China that Deng Xiaoping argued that they (China) should keep a low profile.
He said Quad members also changed their perspective, which led to the formation of the group.
Taniguchi said that “the change that has taken place in India has been one of the catalysts for Quad to happen,” adding that Japan’s internal development, America’s change in attitude, the rise of China have also propelled the formation of Quad.
The QUAD Forum is an initiative of Global Policy Insights, a centrist political institute, aimed at fostering dialogue and understanding around the Quad group made up of the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
The first Quadrilateral Framework Leaders’ Summit was held virtually in March of this year.
In their joint statement, the leaders expressed their commitment to promoting a free and open rules-based order anchored in international law to advance security and prosperity and counter threats to the Indo-Pacific and the -of the.
The leaders said they supported the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful settlement of disputes, democratic values and territorial integrity.
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