Biden Presidency Might Act Tough on China—Good News for the Quad
Needless to say, future unacceptable Chinese military activity will not attract equal interest or response from the different Quad members. And Beijing knows this only too well and will accordingly exploit these differences for all its worth.
So what is the future of the Quad? As noted above, much will really depend on the cohesiveness of the grouping and how it responds to future Chinese behaviour. A likely Biden administration in Washington would probably be tough on China. This would be good news for the Quad. The display of American political will to fly the flag would reassure the other members of the Quad and make it more worthwhile for others, such as Canada, France, Indonesia, New Zealand and the UK to name some obvious credible candidates, to join the grouping. As Joe Stalin once said, “Quantity has a quality all its own”, a statement President Xi would surely relate to.
(Dr Claude Rakisits is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University, Canberra, and an Affiliate with the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. This is an opinion piece. The views expressed above are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)