During his visit to India in December 2020, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reportedly said “nothing [was being] ruled out” when it comes to Britain possibly joining the Quad.
The UK joining the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) also known as the “Asian NATO” may be discussed during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s planned visit to India, where the sides will deal with ways to counter China, The Times reports. The Quad currently consists of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia.
Johnson was due to be the guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on 26 January 2021, but he cancelled his visit after announcing a nationwide lockdown in the UK to combat the rise of a new strain of coronavirus. He is expected to travel to India as soon as conditions allow.
The Telegraph, in turn, reported that with no clear-cut proposals for Johnson yet, there is thought to be an “appetite” in the British government to join the Quad alliance in a bid to tackle China’s increasing assertiveness on the global stage.