South China Morning Post
June 21, 2022

A new Quad? Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand eye four-way anti-China summit on sidelines of Nato meet

Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are considering holding a four-way summit on the fringes of a Nato leaders’ gathering in Spain next week, according to a source close to the South Korean presidential office.

The envisaged meeting on the sidelines of the transatlantic security alliance gathering is seen by the four nations as an attempt to keep an assertive China in check in the Indo-Pacific after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine heightened concerns about its implications for a region where Beijing has been expanding its influence.

Japan has sounded out South Korea about the possibility of the quadripartite meeting, the source said on Monday.