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Oh, what a cool war! The soft power of the Quad

The alliance is pooling its considerable military and economic muscle to create a new Asian order, but has overlooked the great potential of cultural or economic diplomacy.

(From left): Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's foreign minister; Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's foreign minister; Marise Payne, Australia's foreign minister; and Michael Pompeo, US Secretary of State, at the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) ministerial meeting in Tokyo, Oct 6, 2020.

IT may be time for Dr Strangelove - righthand man of the US president in the 1964 British comedic Cold War movie - to make a reappearance in the Indo-Pacific.

The services of the Doctor may be needed by the Quadrilateral or Quad, an emerging military-economic alliance of the United States...

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