Gwynne Dyer
3 minute read
4 Oct 2021
8:45 am

Quad summit: The top dog always answers the challenge

Gwynne Dyer

Like the Nato countries of 72 years ago, today’s Quad members collectively outnumber, outgun and surround their adversary.

Flags of the member countries of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) are raised during the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium on May 25, 2017. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The creation of an Australia-United Kingdom-United States military alliance last week caused a tempest in a teapot, but the real action was elsewhere. In Washington on Friday, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad for short) held its first-ever face-to-face summit, and defined the sides in the great-power confrontation for the next generation. Nobody was willing to say the word “China” out loud, but “containing” China is just as much the focus of the Quad as “containing” the Soviet Union as when the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) was founded 72 years ago. And like the Nato countries then, today’s Quad members...