China's rampant muscle flexing across South East Asia has irked the attention of almost all leading countries of the developed world. Just as China making inroads isn't a secret, the worry of its neighbours (primarily India) and the anxiety of the so forth sought-after global leaders aren't hidden under a veil either. A collective initiative to tackle China has been impending on the cards for some time now. This bore some fruit in the ASEAN summit held in Manila in the last two days, where a critical 'quad' meet was held between USA, Japan, Australia, and India to deliberate on the prevailing conditions in the Indo-Pacific region.
The nomenclature saw a revisal, from the Asia-Pacific region it is now being read as the Indo-Pacific region, highlighting the growing relevance of India in battling China's supremacy in the growing global tensions. Though the meeting theoretically aimed to boost strategic relations between the concerned nations, the looming shadow of China gaining currency in this region could not be whisked out of sight. Trade and defence cooperation ruled the talks of the quad meet as leaders emphasised on the role of the four nations to propel strategic relations allowing for the successful exchange of goods, services and ideas. This grouping, first proposed in 2007, has made a comeback a decade later, and its credit goes entirely to the growing influence of China which is rattling the nations of the Indo-Pacific region. The re-election of Xi Jinping by the Communist Party Congress of China has furthered this exigency as China's growth now seems to be unabated even by internal inconsistencies. China is emerging as a global power, undoubtedly, and this has rattled the developed world, giving birth to nervousness among regional powers in Asia and also to the USA who has so forth held the position as the unquestioned world leader with utmost pride and grit. China's latent support to North Korea has bothered Japan, as has its quiet expansion over the South China Sea. China's extension of power is also seen by many as unethical entrepreneurship, where in lieu of providing heavy loans it ends up controlling revenues of the country—as has been exhibited in the case of the Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka which is virtually under complete Chinese control now. The relation of India and China has never been quite welcoming, to be at a euphemistic best.