FOREIGN POLICYAPLN member C. Raja Mohan, director of the National University of Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies, published an op-ed with the Foreign Policy in which he argues that AUKUS is one part of a larger US effort to reconfigure the Indo-Pacific balance of power. 

Friday is another Indo-Pacific day for U.S. President Joe Biden. After meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks, he will host the first in-person summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue—or Quad—with the leaders of Australia, India, and Japan. Taking place barely a week after the stunning announcement of the new AUKUS military and technology pact joining Australia, Britain, and the United States, the new set of meetings underlines the growing urgency with which Washington and its partners seek to reconfigure the Indo-Pacific balance of power.

Progress is likely in both meetings on Friday. Biden’s talks with Modi are expected to deepen cooperation as New Delhi aligns more closely with Washington, including in security, health, energy, and education. Biden and Modi also have an interest in harmonizing their positions on global issues such as climate change, reforming the trade system, and regulating digital technologies.

Friday’s Quad summit is expected to consolidate some of the group’s recent initiatives, such as vaccine diplomacy and resilient supply chains. One common theme of the bilateral meeting and Quad-level engagement is cooperation on technology, which is becoming increasingly entwined with geopolitics. The areas under discussion range from semiconductors and telecommunications to space security and technology governance. Read more (paywall).