Jagannath Panda was quoted in abp live on the U.S., Australia, and Japan forming a new Quad with the Philippines
June 8, 2023: Jagannath Panda, Head of the Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs, was quoted in abp live on the topic of the U.S., Australia, and Japan forming a new Quad with the Philippines and if India should be concerned.
Jagannath Panda said that India’s strategic significance will be “unaffected” since all the major Indo-Pacific powers need New Delhi’s cooperation on geopolitics to geo-economic issues.
“The American security mandate very much believes in making closer alignments outside the alliance framework. The latest Quad — the US, Australia, Japan, and the Philippines — echoes that spirit, strengthening the US-led architecture in the Indo-Pacific,” he said.
Jagannath Panda added: “Neither the latest Quad — the US, Australia, Japan, and the Philippines — will act as a balancer to the existing Quad (the US, Japan, India, and Australia), nor will it downsize the significance of it.”