The U.S. pivot to Asia may be the most consequential foreign policy in the 21st century. The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries of the U.S., Australia, India, and Japan share a set of principles, according to Brian Hook, Former U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. These include belief in transparency, the rule of law, and financial sustainability.
The challenge of the Chinese Communist Party is too big for a single political party, said Morgan Ortagus, Partner at Rubicon Founders. Misha Zelinsky, Fulbright Scholar in U.S.-Australian Alliance Studies at the Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, broadened the discussion beyond China’s interests in the Indo-Pacific region. The world, he said, has long been anchored in the relationship between the U.S. and Europe, but this new multilateralism is crucial to a new emerging world order. Indonesia, for example, is the largest Muslim democracy in the world and gets little attention from the west.
Ortagus turned the panel’s attention to the strong business ties between the U.S. and the Indo-Pacific. It is incumbent on governments and private industry, Hook insisted, to articulate and defend shared principles of free, fair, and reciprocal trade. Zelinsky agreed about the need for sovereign countries to secure their supply chains and work together. Hook reaffirmed the importance of alliances and the shared set of values and principles among the Quad, highlighting the potential for India to be a strong and stalwart ally.
The challenge of dealing with the Chinese Communist Party is way too big for one political party in the U.S.
We are united around a shared vision based on principles—things like freedom of navigation, transparency, rule of law, financial sustainability, which is opposed to predatory economics.
You can’t wish away the facts on the ground.