India, the United States, Japan, and Australia have planned to launch a satellite-based maritime security system at the Quad summit in Tokyo to check China’s illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific region.
The maritime initiative will allow the Quadrilateral Security Alliance (Quad) nations to keep an eye on China and monitor illegal fishing even when fishing boats have turned off the transponders, which are typically used to track vessels, reported the Financial Times citing a US official.
According to the report, the maritime security system will use satellite technology to create a tracking system for illegal fishing from the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific by connecting surveillance centers in Singapore and India.
The move aims to stop China from its alleged illegal fishing as reportedly the nation is allegedly responsible for 95 percent of the illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific.
The Quad group of countries includes Australia, India, Japan, and the United States in Tokyo. It was formed to keep the strategic and significant sea routes in the Indo-Pacific region to be influence free while another main objective of the alliance is to offer financial help to nations with debt in the Indo-Pacific region, said the report.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, newly elected Australian PM Anthony Albanese and will join Japanese PM Fumio Kishida in Tokyo in the second in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on Tuesday (May 24).
Ahead of the visit, PM Modi on Sunday took to Twitter and said, “This evening, I will be leaving for Japan to take part in the second in-person Quad Summit. The Quad leaders will once again have the opportunity to discuss the various Quad initiatives and other issues of mutual interest.”
“We will also exchange views about developments in the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual interest,” the prime minister said.
Source: Times Now News